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Contents: July 2018

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Regulars 12

Conversations with leaders Energy Minister Jeff Radebe reflects on the valuable lessons he learnt from former President Nelson Mandela

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Profiles in leadership CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation Sello Hatang on extending Madiba’s legacy

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Women in the public sector CEO of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Dr Mandisa Maholwana explains how Mandela’s passion for children guides the hospital

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Management and professional development South Africa will host the 10th iteration of the BRICS grouping reinforcing two main sub-themes – Africa and the youth

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Public sector appointments Who is new in government? Financial fitness Help is at hand for pension-related disputes

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Trailblazer Dr Nokwanda Zuma is only the second black African oncologist in KwaZulu-Natal

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In other news News you need to know when you are on the go

Features

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Upcoming events A look at local and international events for your diary and information

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Vital stats Fast facts at your fingertips

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Provincial focus Capturing all that was Madiba in KwaZulu-Natal

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International relations Global leaders have committed to turning the tide on the degradation of the world’s oceans

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Making healthcare affordable and equitable The Medical Schemes Amendment Bill and the National Health Insurance Bill will address high healthcare costs, ensure the smooth running of the healthcare system and create equality

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SA pursues peace on global stage South Africa will use its tenure at the United Nations Security Council to advance the interests of Africa

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Mandela’s new South Africa Former President Nelson Mandela achieved several milestones during his presidential term, which set the country on a path towards true freedom

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Madiba shapes another life The course of Dr Buntu Godongwana’s life changed forever when he received a scholarship from the Mandela Rhodes Foundation in 2005

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Remembering Albertina Sisulu As the country celebrates the centenary of Mama Sisulu we look at her contribution to the struggle for liberation

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Play it safe in cyberspace South Africans are sharing too much personal information on social media, allowing cybercriminals to exploit them for their personal gain

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Living up to

Mandela’s legacy

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his year’s Mandela Month is

of imprisonment and indeed

particularly special, because

our lives, to fight for the freedom

it serves as the focal point of

of others. We must ourselves be

the Nelson Mandela Centenary Year.

brave enough to stand against

On 18 July, Tata Madiba would have

injustice and inequality.

turned 100 years old. For most of us

This year is also the centenary

South Africans, the memory of his

year of Mama Albertina

passing in 2013 still burns as bright

Nontsikelelo Sisulu who would

as if it happened yesterday.

have turned 100 on 21 October.

We all have an opportunity to use

Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane.

The Albertina Sisulu Centenary is

a violent transition to democracy,

this memory to honour Madiba’s

being held under the theme “A

and gained worldwide admiration

legacy. This is the perfect time

Woman of Fortitude”.

for the way such a complex and

to explore what the Mandela

Mama Sisulu was a courageous

explosive situation was dealt with.

Centenary Year stands for and to

woman who fought against

We too must seek to be forgiving

ensure that we continue upholding

apartheid injustice.

and live our lives with integrity.

all the ideals that Mandela lived by. The centenary theme of “Be the Legacy” encourages all South Africans to honour President

It was Mama Sisulu who

Mandela valued service to the

nominated Tata Madiba for the

people above all else. He spoke of

highest office in 1994.

this ideal throughout his life, and

Twenty-four years later the

when he passed on in 2013, he had

Mandela’s spirit of generosity,

two are not only celebrating

fully lived up to one of the many

integrity, humility and perseverance.

their centenaries, but are being

quotes he had made about being

The international community

celebrated for their immeasurable

selfless.

has also been invited to share

sacrifices in the struggle for

in this year-long celebration of a

freedom.

remarkable man whose actions

He said: “When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to

Mandela lived his life with the

his people and his country, he can

utmost integrity. He never strayed

rest in peace. I believe I have made

from the values he believed in. Even

that effort and that is, therefore, why

should we be celebrating the life

after 27 years of imprisonment,

I will sleep for the eternity.”

and legacy of Tata Madiba?

he was not bitter or resentful. He

echoed around the world. What were these actions, and why

The most remarkable aspect of

And this is what Mandela Day is

managed to forgive the appalling

truly about. Although he lived a life

Madiba’s life was his fearless and

actions of his oppressors, and more

that can be admired in many ways,

selfless pursuit of freedom, not for

than this, called for a peaceful

Mandela first and foremost wanted

himself, but for the people of South

harmony between all South

to see a South Africa where we all

Africa. Few of us can say that we

Africans. Through these actions, we

serve one another. Let us strive to

would be willing to risk arrest, years

avoided what could have been

live this philosophy every day.

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MESSAGE FROM THE ACTING DIRECTOR-GENERAL

Be a social activist this Mandela Day

I

n 2009, the United Nations of-

ing social crimes such as abuse

ficially declared 18 July as Nel-

of women and children, you can

son Mandela International Day,

make a difference.

recognising Madiba’s “values and

In light of the Nelson Mandela

his dedication to the service of hu-

Centenary Year, government, as

manity”.

well as a variety of NGOs and

The idea for the day was inspired

charities, are intensifying the ac-

by the former President himself

tivities they undertake to improve

at the celebration of his 90th

society. This means that South Afri-

birthday in 2008, when he said:

cans have a better chance than

“It is time for new hands to lift the

ever before to support a worthy

burdens. It is in your hands now”.

cause this Mandela Month.

It certainly is within your hands

Over and above improving the

Phumla Williams, GCIS Acting Director-General.

understanding of adversity, and creating a better country in which to live.

to make a difference. There is a

lives of others, social activism can

strong possibility that a worthy

have a positive impact on your

charity, non-profit organisation

health and wellbeing. Scientific re-

ernment Communication and

(NGO) or needy household is

search has found that finding and

Information System is intensifying

within a few minutes from your

supporting a cause that speaks to

communications around gender-

home. In your own small way, you

you can create a sense of identity,

based violence, professionalising

can become a social activist by

purpose and empowerment.

the public service, anti-corruption

assisting these causes.

Doing something meaningful

As part of these efforts, Gov-

and growing the economy, and

also triggers ‘happy’ hormones

creating jobs. This is our way of

establishment of Mandela Day. On

such as dopamine, the primary

ensuring that we take all South

this day we should ask ourselves

chemical released when doing

Africans along on this journey of

what we are doing to make our

something pleasurable or reward-

moving the country forward.

world a better place. We may not

ing. This gives us all the more rea-

As Mandela said: “What counts

be able to replicate the actions

son to find ways of improving the

in life is not the mere fact that we

of the great man himself but we

conditions of our communities.

have lived. It is what difference we

can reflect his legacy in the way

Mandela made clear that the

This is the core reason for the

have made to the lives of others

we live. This doesn’t depend on

legacy he wanted to leave was

that will determine the signifi-

your income, background or

not one of self-service and seek-

cance of the life we lead.”

social standing. Whether it be in

ing power. He called for humanity

the form of donating clothing to

to live a life of serving others. But

out causes that are close to your

an orphanage, picking up litter

by doing so, we are also empow-

heart and do whatever is within

in your neighbourhood or report-

ering ourselves, gaining a deeper

your means to help.

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EDITOR’S NOTE

From the editor’s desk speech was 1 606 words long, or

here to the required level of service

a mere three A4 pages. Mandela,

is another.

who had symbolised the mobilisa-

The discourse we face in 2018

tion against apartheid internation-

would no doubt upset a leader of

ally, made it quite clear:

Madiba’s significance. There are

“I stand here before you not as a

T

cheap shots being fired on an

prophet but as a humble servant

hourly basis without any under-

of you, the people.”

standing of the social and eco-

This magazine prints stories

nomic effects of the hateful and

his is the month during which

about leadership in government,

spiteful views that predominate.

Nelson Mandela was born

and those words Madiba spoke 28

The politics of the struggle is still

and every year on 18 July we

years ago should be imprinted in

with us, but missing is the erudite

gather together as a nation and

the consciousness of those of us

and thoughtful commentary.

remember the man born in 1918.

who serve in government.

On 11 February 1990 Madiba walked out of Victor Verster Prison after 27 years behind bars, then

We need to be humble and servants of the people. Too often we read about the

It’s a desperate clamour of the lowest of the low that makes some of our systems more fallible and is enraging citizens with attitudes

stood before a massive crowd at

self-serving interests and a lack of

that are blind to compassion and

a rally in Cape Town. At the time I

service delivery, mainly because

bereft of patience.

was working as a senior reporter

those involved believe they are

at Radio 702 and the memory of

not humble servants, but arrogant

Madiba also said: “It is only

this moment remains visceral and

opportunists. This motivation to

through disciplined mass action

emotional.

take as much as can be taken as

that our victory can be assured”.

He began like this:

quickly as possible is an insult to

“Friends, comrades and fellow

Madiba’s memory.

South Africans. I greet you all in the

During that eponymous speech

Look around you, PSM reader, and decide how disciplined we

There’s no nice way to say this

are. It’s time to restate our position

name of peace, democracy and

to the greedy and power-hungry

as government workers and say “I

freedom for all.

people inside and outside govern-

am the humble servant of the peo-

I stand here before you not as a

ment who dispense with honour

ple” and begin to deliver services

prophet but as a humble servant

and reward themselves with other

before these same citizens.

of you, the people. Your tireless

people’s money and treasure.

and heroic sacrifices have made

You are an embarrassment to our

it possible for me to be here today.

government and our country and

I therefore place the remaining

must be identified and removed.

years of my life in your hands.”

Being upwardly mobile is one

He thanked many people dur-

thing, flagrantly abusing the rights

Head of Editorial and Production

ing the next few minutes, but that

of citizens by failing to properly ad-

Des Latham

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CONVERSATIONS WITH LEADERS

Writer: More Matshediso Photographer: Jairus Mmutle

Longest-serving Cabinet Minister remembers Madiba

E

nergy Minister Jeff Radebe, the longestserving Cabinet Minister in the South African government, has shared with PSM some of

the lessons he learned from former President Nelson Mandela. Minister Radebe served as the first Minister of Public Works in the democratic South Africa, working alongside Madiba to give life to his vision of a better country for all. Mandela, South Africa’s first black President, should be remembered as a leader who did everything with passion, said Minister Radebe. One of the things that Minister Radebe learnt from him was that to be a leader of the people you must have passion for the resolution of their challenges. He also taught him that enemies could be won over. “I learnt from him that I must look at the common good of the country, particularly its future. President Mandela exemplified this through his continued work in championing the welfare of children even beyond his retirement,” said Minister Radebe. He said the ideals of a non-racial society were upheld through all the years of President Mandela’s struggle for freedom and democracy. Minister Radebe added that from this he learnt that belief in our new nation must not waver and that we must all strive to triumph

Energy Minister Jef f Radebe.

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over the devastations of our past.

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One important fact is that Tata

aware of the urgent need to

various obligations instilled by the

Madiba and most of his genera-

transform South Africa to reflect the

Public Finance Management Act

tion were released from prison very

ideals of the freedom and democ-

and the Municipal Finance Man-

late in their lives. Consequently,

racy that we fought for,” he said,

agement Act.

they could not finish their historic

adding that today this freedom is

“Public servants would do well to

mission to liberate and transform

reflected in our Constitution and

emulate Madiba’s passion to serve

the socio-economic conditions of

the Freedom Charter.

our people and help reverse the

the people. Minister Radebe said if it was

“We who served under him

legacy of unemployment, poverty

shared this passion, as all of us

and inequality,” said the Minister.

possible for those leaders who are

had not only lived under apart-

no longer with us today to look

heid, but also fought for its demise.

down on South Africa, “they would

It was an age of triumph of good

Reflecting on Robben Island

expect us to continue on the

over evil. We did not need any mo-

Like Mandela, Minister Radebe was

trajectory of the historic mission of

tivation but to see that the aspira-

imprisoned for years on Robben Is-

the African National Congress, the

tions of our people became their

land by the apartheid government.

Freedom Charter and the promise

lived experience,” Minister Radebe

He said the apartheid regime

of our Constitution to usher in a

shared.

sought to destroy their morale

non-racial, non-sexist, democratic, equal and prosperous society.

He recalled that the evident inequality, unemployment and pov-

through imprisonment. “The small size of the cells was

“Ultimately, we owe it not only

erty among South Africans defined

designed to ensure that we lost

to Madiba and his generation,

by race, class and gender inspired

our desire to fight for our freedom

but equally and importantly to

Tata Madiba’s administration to

and democracy. It was the same

ourselves, our children and all pos-

fulfil the mandate it derived from

tactics applied to many of our

terity. The best tribute to Madiba

the people through the national

comrades, like the banishment of

is carving our own individual

democratic elections.

Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

and collective walks to freedom

“President Mandela gave us the

to Brandfort,” he recalled.

through effecting a radical socio-

mandate to lead in transforming

economic transformation of soci-

the socio-economic conditions

were inspired to fight alongside our

ety,” said Minister Radebe.

of our people through a prudent

heroes, such as Mandela, Walter

state apparatus. We knew we had

Sisulu, Govan Mbeki, Raymond

only to be appointed by the iconic

his full support and likewise he

Mhlaba and many more. My

leader that President Mandela

knew he had the full support of all

experience is that Robben Island

was, but also to serve citizens in

of us in his Cabinet,” he said.

failed in its design to discourage

He added it was an honour not

such historic times, when the

Minister Radebe said public serv-

“We, the younger generation,

the struggle against apartheid as

journey of reversing the legacy of

ants can remember Tata Madiba

the unfolding history would later

apartheid and colonialism was

by internalising the theme “Be

attest,” he said.

just beginning.

the legacy”, practising the ethos

“President Mandela was fully

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of Batho Pele and upholding the

Despite the pain of being imprisoned, Minister Radebe said it

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CONVERSATIONS WITH LEADERS

Jef f Radebe (lef t) looks on as Nelson Mandela casts his vote in Sout h Africa's f irst democratic election in 1994.

was a privilege and an honour to

comprehensive socio-economic

other resources, such as an abun-

be bestowed with the responsibil-

development.

dant supply of coal. My main aim

ity of conducting political education on Robben Island. In the midst of the adversity

Thuma Mina is a call to action by

is to emphasise an energy mix that

the President: that all must take the

includes coal, gas, oil, wind and

responsibility for providing solutions

solar, among others, with higher

occasioned by their repression

to both individual and collective

emphasis on renewal and clean

and imprisonment, he and other

challenges.

energy. Very importantly, we must

convicts at the time made every

“In as much as we have varied

corner they were put into count

challenges, our people must know

previously disadvantaged so as to

towards the struggle for libera-

that they have a role to play in

help bridge the inequalities engi-

tion.

the resolution of those challenges.

neered by apartheid,” he stated.

They should not just be recipients

Thuma Mina

of development,” he added.

ensure more ownership by the

He added that the department must strive to ensure that energy is

Fast forward to 24 years into

Minister Radebe said some of

affordable to all economic partici-

democracy and now serving

the key plans for his new portfolio

pants as a basic driver of econom-

as the Minister of Energy under

include ensuring better compli-

ic growth and development.

the leadership of President Cyril

ance with the requirements for

Ramaphosa, Minister Radebe

clean energy and contributing

that energy is cheaper by diver-

said his contribution to the Thu-

to international efforts to combat

sifying production sources and

ma Mina (Send Me) campaign

global warming.

allowing more new entrants into

is to increase awareness so that

“I also intend to ensure that we

His department needs to ensure

the market, he expanded.

South Africa becomes a nation

have higher levels of energy se-

that collectively puts its shoulder

curity. This is a complex challenge

higher investment and production

to the wheel to drive radical and

with regard to oil but we have

returns in all other fields of eco-

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“Cheaper energy will encourage

Public Sector Manager • July 2018


nomic activity. We have a respon-

and imported oil as the source of

He said one of the barometers of

sibility to make energy cheaper,”

liquid fuel. But now we have other

success in the energy sector must

he said.

sources of electricity such as

be youth entrepreneurship and youth employment creation.

A priority is accelerating the pro-

solar and wind power, liquid fuels

duction and distribution of renewal

derived from coal, as well as gas,”

energy, including solar and wind

he explained.

energy.

“The huge potential in renewable energy and diversification

In the medium term, he said the

holds opportunities for the youth

“Recently we signed 27 agree-

department will focus on securing

both in terms of entrepreneurship

ments with independent power

energy resources and energy sup-

and employment creation,” said

producers, resulting in about

ply, increasing household access

the Minister.

R56 billion in investments. Invest-

to electricity, enhancing energy

ment in renewable energy is a

efficiency, diversifying the energy

the lessons learnt from Madiba

challenge that if attended to

generation mix and improving the

have taught him that all develop-

maximally can lead to increased

quality and security of petroleum

ment must speak to the needs of

foreign direct investment and con-

fuels.

the people and their aspirations

tribute to the President’s mediumterm investment targets,” he said.

Zooming into the future

In terms of contributing to job creation within the sector, Minister

His vast political experience and

for a better life. “I have also learnt that well-re-

Radebe said young people are

searched solutions, benchmarked

the prime target of employment

against best practice here and

creation as they constitute the

abroad, augurs well for sustain-

With regard to the future of South

largest share of the population,

able development as a way of

Africa’s energy sector, Minister

as well as those who are unem-

avoiding mistakes that could rea-

Radebe said the country is not

ployed.

sonably be foreseen,” he added.

endowed with known natural oil for liquid fuel or enough water for hydroelectricity. However, it has abundant coal and a landscape suitable for solar and wind energy. He said the country must take advantage of the advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to ensure it remains globally competitive. A major part of this transition will be smarter energy generation. “With the right policy approach, the future of South Africa’s energy sector looks bright. For decades we have depended on coal as the basic source of electricity

Public Sector Manager • July 2018

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FEATURE IN LEADERSHIP PROFILES

Writer: Chris Bathembu Photographer: Siyabulela Duda

Sello Hatang:

Extending Madiba’s legacy

S

ello Hatang’s name has be-

in the world. It’s a job that Hatang

ensure that the centre outlived its

come synonymous with the

holds dear and considers himself

patron and position its role beyond

Nelson Mandela Foundation.

lucky to have.

Madiba.

When he was made CEO in 2013,

He succeeded former CEO

The job of running the founda-

at the age of 37, his appointment

Achmat Dangor, who joined the

tion was probably easier during

came as no surprise. He is bright,

organisation in 2007.

Dangor’s tenure because he had

educated and a visionary, all the

When former President Nelson

Mandela by his side, although Dan-

qualities needed to extend the leg-

Mandela died in December 2013,

gor had to deal with the pressure

acy and vision of one of the most

it spelt the beginning of a bigger

of people wanting to reach out to

famous and respected statesmen

task for the new CEO. He had to

Mandela.

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Public Sector Manager • July 2018


Rising to the challenge

them during his last day at work,

“When Madiba passed, I had to rise

according to staff at the centre.

to a new challenge. I had to imagine an organisation that outlives its founder. It’s a difficult task; you have

So what is a typical day at the foundation? “Sometimes it can be a very calm

him to his work. He is adamant that people should have a good understanding of what it is they wish to achieve. “When your motivation

to imagine an institution that can

day. Sometimes it gets very hectic.

is clear, it will carry you when

outgrow itself and remain relevant

On a typical day, it can range from

your legs no longer can,” he says.

to current realities while keeping

meeting with someone who needs

Hatang was born in a relatively

the legacy of its founder alive,” said

our help or wants us to intervene

unknown township named Khu-

Hatang.

in some difficult issue to meeting

ma in the North West. He was the

July is usually the busiest period

with a donor. I try to visit a project

first in his family to qualify and

for Hatang and his team. This is be-

once a month, which means driv-

study at a university and is the

cause July is celebrated as Nelson

ing to some far-flung place to see

fifth of six children. Raised by a

Mandela Month in South Africa

how we can assist,” said Hatang.

single mother who was a domestic worker, succeeding in life was

and globally 18 July is known as Nelson Mandela Day. When PSM went to interview

Helping the vulnerable Since joining the foundation five

a must for the young Hatang. Previously he was the head of

Hatang, he was hurrying from one

years ago, Hatang has taken part

information communications and

meeting to the next. He also had an

in a number of projects and says

spokesperson for the South Afri-

international flight later that day. In

helping vulnerable people deal

can Human Rights Commission.

his usual calm way, he popped in

with their difficult issues as well as

He participated in the post-1994

to sincerely apologise for keeping

doing charity work to raise funds

transformation of the National

us waiting, saying that he would be

for the poor are what connects

Archives, including providing

with us in 15 minutes. The 15-minute wait turned into 30 minutes but we hardly felt it because there was so much to learn and see at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory. The facility houses almost every historical record associated with Mandela, from the letters he wrote as a prisoner on Robben Island to during his speeches and other engagements while President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. Even Madiba’s office, which he used after his presidential years, has been left untouched. His chair, table and office décor are the same as he left

Public Sector Manager • July 2018

© Nelson Mandela Foundation / Benny Gool

the handwritten notes he drafted

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PROFILES IN LEADERSHIP

Reconciliation Commission, and is a former Director of the South African History Archive at Wits University. Hatang also serves on the boards of the Open Democracy Advice Centre and Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution. He was a member of the editorial team for Nelson Mandela’s

© Nelson Mandela Foundation

archival support for the Truth and

The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memor y.

thing is I didn’t know what the

why I am doing it. If I don’t climb

challenge was.”

a mountain, I walk and that helps

Hatang is known for keeping his

book Conversations with Myself

private life private, but during this

and co-editor of Nelson Mandela

interview, he spoke fondly of his

by Himself: The Authorised Book of

wife and three children.

Quotations. But it was his time as spokes-

“They are my life. They are the

me to relax.”

Building the country of our dreams As the world celebrates Madiba’s

reason I wake every day to do

life, the 42-year-old has one wish:

person for the Nelson Mandela

the work I do. I have a very lovely

“I would like to see a Nelson

Foundation that introduced him to

family.”

Mandela in each and every one

the wider public.

He also spoke affectionately

of us. Madiba did a lot of things

about his mother. He remembers

in a short period of time. He was

Stepping up

the day he called her from a pay

robbed of almost 30 years of his

So did he feel he was ready to

phone as a student to ask for

life; yet when he came out of

step into the shoes of Dangor,

more money for books. Although

prison, he began building the

who had led the foundation since

she earned very little as a domes-

country of his dreams.

2007?

tic worker and had other children

“The question all of us should

to care for, she promised to do

ask ourselves as individuals is:

working under Dangor. From day

what she could. Despite immense

What am I doing to build the

one of me arriving, he already

financial challenges and the

country of my dreams?”

“I had the absolute privilege of

had his succession in mind. He

heartbreak of losing two of her

introduced me to people that I

four children, Hatang said she

tion’s messages during Mandela

needed to know. He ensured that

has always been “my pillar”.

Month will focus on building a

he pulled me into critical meet-

Hatang finds inspiration in

Hatang said the organisa-

values-based society.

ings that discussed things that

mountain climbing. He has

I needed to know. At the time, I

climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, the

currently have is that we are

didn’t realise what he was doing.

highest mountain in Africa, sev-

moving away from values. We will

In a way, you could say he saw

eral times and is going back for

be trying to inculcate a culture

something in me that I didn’t see.

more.

of values in our society because

“So when you ask me if I was

“Every time I climb a mountain, I

“One of the struggles that we

above all Madiba was a princi-

ready for the challenge, I can give

feel a sense of accomplishment.

pled man who dreamt of a princi-

you an emphatic ‘yes’. The only

Every time I do it, I remind myself

pled country,” he added.

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WOMEN IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR

Writer: More Matshediso

Keeping Madiba’s legacy for children alive

W

alking into the building

predominantly to ensure that

tients. He felt that children needed

with its colourful walls

underprivileged children get the

to be with other children when

and art murals that are

kind of healthcare services they

admitted to hospital, in an environ-

deserve.

ment that is friendly and promotes

meant to cheer up sick babies and children every morning also bright-

According to Maholwana,

proper healing,” she explained.

ens the days of Dr Mandisa Mahol-

Madiba was inspired to establish

wana, who is the CEO of the Nelson

the hospital after witnessing a child

Mandela Children’s Fund establish-

Mandela Children’s Hospital.

being admitted to an intensive

ing the Nelson Mandela Children’s

With the world celebrating

This sentiment led to the Nelson

care unit (ICU) that also catered

Hospital Trust in 2009. Almost

Madiba this month, Dr Maholwana

for adults. He felt it was not appro-

R1 billion was fundraised to build

said that ensuring his legacy stays

priate for children.

and equip the hospital, as well as

alive at the hospital is part of her daily job. It is exactly a year since she became CEO of the hospital built

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“He felt that a special facility should be built for children to ac-

train medical professionals. The construction of the hospital

cess healthcare services without

building was completed in June

having to compete with adult pa-

2016 and the doors were opened

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to welcome the first referred patients in June last year.

It is envisaged that the hospital will eventually employ around 150 doctors and 451 paediatric nursing

Clearing backlogs So far, the hospital has managed

in operation are the neo-natal and paediatric ICUs. Maholwana said the next step is to open theatres specifically for

professionals. All Madiba wanted was a

neurosurgery and general paedi-

to clear many backlogs in hospitals

children’s hospital that meets the

atric, orthopaedic and cardiotho-

across the country. It has helped

tertiary paediatric healthcare

racic surgery.

about 600 patients receive radiol-

needs in southern Africa, said

ogy services alone. The focus is on

Maholwana.

magnetic resonance imaging and

“We have already started with neurosurgery and this was before

“Madiba was a man of excel-

our anticipated start date. We have

computed tomography scans for

lence. He loved children and

also already done general paedi-

children who have been on wait-

wanted to ensure that they are

atric surgery,” she said.

ing lists for as long as two years in

taken care of,” she added.

certain areas.

“With the hospital being a specialist-to-specialist referral facil-

phases to ensure safety and man-

On the road to progress

ageability, as well as the procure-

The 200-bed hospital operates as

deal with the condition, they are

ment of highly specialised doctors

a specialist, referral-only tertiary

referred to the secondary facility

and nurses.

facility. Once fully operational, it will

which would ordinarily be

provide services in cardiology and

a district hospital.

South Africa does not have

cardiothoracic surgery, haematol-

If the district

enough doctors. Getting highly

ogy and oncology, nephrology,

hospital cannot

specialised nurses is also a chal-

neurosciences and general paedi-

provide the

lenge because they have to be

atric surgery. It is integrated into the

service that is

paediatric trained and also ICU or

referral networks of hospitals across

required, the

theatre trained,” she said, adding

South Africa. Patients who are not

child will be

that the hospital was established

South African will be treated if they

referred to a

to improve healthcare and not

are referred by a South African

tertiary hospital

undermine it by poaching other

hospital.

like ours,”

Treatment and services started in

“That is challenging because

hospitals’ professionals. Currently, over 150 staff members

ity, children are first taken to a primary healthcare facility. If it cannot

The hospital started with radiology services when it opened,

have been employed in line with

followed by ICU, dialysis and

the hospital’s phasing-in plan.

cardiology earlier this year,

These include 30 specialists, many

and more recently

nurses and administrative staff. Also

surgical services.

on hand are about 40 allied health

The wards that

services workers, including social

are open provide

workers, physiotherapists, dietitians,

renal and cardiol-

radiology staff and pharmacy staff.

ogy services. Also

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Dr Mandisa Maholwana is t he CEO of t he Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital.

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WOMEN IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR

Happy to heal Maholwana said the hospital has already had a number of success stories and it staff members are humbled by the impact that they are having on children’s lives. “It makes a world of difference for a parent to walk out of the hospital after being told that their child will receive help and recover,” she said. For Maholwana, a particularly heart-warming moment was having a patient come in on a stretcher and a ventilator and later Maholwana explained. There are already a number of tertiary hospitals across the country, but only two are specifically

dren under six and costs for older

waving that same child goodbye

patients depend on their parents’

as she walked out of the hospital

income.

after receiving medical help.

“If they can’t afford to pay we

As a mother of three, Maholwana

for children. Africa now has four

cannot chase them away because

knows what it is like to worry about

children’s hospitals. This is a small

Madiba’s dream was that no child

a sick child and she can therefore

number when compared to the

would be turned away because of

identify with every parent who

23 in Canada, 19 in Australia, 20

their socio-economic circumstanc-

brings their child to the hospital.

in Germany and 157 in the United

es,” stressed Maholwana.

States. Tertiary hospitals deal with more

One of the compounding factors delaying access to healthcare

“There is nothing worse than waking up in the middle of the night and finding your child ill,” she said. As the CEO of the hospital, her vi-

complicated disease profiles, while

services for children is that some-

a specialised children’s tertiary

times they are put on a waiting

sion is to give every child a chance

hospital caters for children need-

list because there is a shortage of

to live and thrive.

ing surgery and focuses on the

ICU beds in hospitals across the

specific types of surgeries and

country.

conditions that are more prevalent in children.

“A hospital may be ready to oper-

She said the hospital will continue to raise funds so that it remains sustainable and provides world-class

ate on a child but then once the

services. It gets some funding from

child comes out of theatre, they

government, but she explained

around 10 theatres but none are

would need to go to an ICU bed. If

that it still runs many fundraising

dedicated to children. Patients are

a bed is not available, it becomes

services through the Hospital Trust.

split by speciality and the theatres

a problem,” she noted.

“In a normal hospital, there are

serve both adults and children. At

The Nelson Mandala Children’s

“If you are involved in a project as big and impactful as this, the last

our facility, there is for instance an

Hospital will help if it can when

thing you want to do is to disap-

orthopaedic theatre that is strictly

contacted by other tertiary hospi-

point, because you will be letting

for children,” she said.

tals which cannot accommodate

the nation down. This is Madiba’s

a child.

dream,” she said.

Healthcare is totally free for chil-

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A passion to fight cancer: The heart-warming story of a 33-year-old oncologist cology services at the hospital. This

hearted, ambitious and hardwork-

included repairing one oncology

ing people and those qualities I

machine and installing a second.

also inherited. However, they were

The new machine will be ready for use this month, giving the hospital

study and create the life we wanted

the capacity to eventually treat be-

to live in order to be happy.”

tween 40 and 50 patients per day. In this candid interview, Zuma

Zuma matriculated at Pietermaritzburg Girls' High School where

reflected on her long and ardu-

she was a prefect. “I was a nerd in

ous journey towards becoming

high school, studying all the time. I

a medical specialist; the huge

knew then that I wanted to become

personal sacrifices she had to make

a doctor and that the only way I

along the way; and her hopes and

was going to get there was through

dreams for people who need can-

discipline and studying.”

cer treatment in KwaZulu-Natal. Born and bred in Pietermaritzburg,

Zuma said her parents have been very supportive of her career. “I think

she was a very active child.

I surprised them a bit when I said

“Hence my father named me

I wanted to specialise in radiation

Philile (the one who is full of life)

oncology. However, they have al-

when I was born.”

ways been supportive, even making

The second daughter of Mbali

A

very strict. They encouraged us to

and Christopher Zuma, a deputy

financial sacrifices so I could study medicine.

t the age of just 33, Dr

principal and retired manager

Nokwanda Zuma is only

at the Department of Education

stand at the time what radiation

the second black African

respectively, Zuma comes from a

oncology entailed. But the more

family of achievers. “My older sister

they saw friends and family being

is a chartered accountant and my

diagnosed and dying from cancer,

completing her training at Tyger-

younger sister is a financial man-

the more they understood the need

berg Hospital in Cape Town and is

ager.”

for, and importance of, doctors who

oncologist in KwaZulu-Natal. She graduated last month after

“They didn’t completely under-

now based at Durban’s Addington

Speaking of her childhood, she

Hospital, where she is in charge of

said: “I grew up in Imbali township

radiotherapy.

where my fondest memories are of

She trained for nine years, do-

us playing in the streets from dawn

ing her undergraduate studies at

until dusk. My parents are kind-

the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s

In June, she treated the first patient, following the restoration of on-

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could treat cancer. So, my parents are my greatest influencers.”

Public Sector Manager • July 2018


medical school. She then spent

Zuma, an ex-Matron at Edendale

patients and interacting with their

four years specialising and did her

Hospital, was diagnosed with malig-

families, as well as the technical

internship at Prince Mshiyeni Memo-

nant melanoma.

part of radiotherapy. “We use ad-

rial Hospital. Her community service

“Oncology has always been my

vanced machines and software to

was completed in Krugersdorp, with

destiny and my step-grandmother

give the best treatment to patients.

the West Rand health department.

just took away any doubt of any-

“The biggest challenge in oncol-

“The hardest part of my training

thing else. I was working at Grey's

ogy is accepting that the disease is

was when my aunt passed away

Hospital oncology department at

sometimes stronger than a patient’s

two weeks before my final exams

the time. She chose to be treated

will to fight… stronger than any

and I couldn’t go to the funeral in

there, in a public hospital as op-

chemotherapy or radiotherapy you

Durban from Cape Town. I was liter-

posed to going to a private hospital,

prescribe. And they will eventually

ally crying while studying.

because her granddaughter was

pass away. My role as their doctor

there.”

is to make them as comfortable as

“When you are a doctor, you are always studying or on call and

Zuma’s maternal grandmother, Eu-

when you specialise, the workload

stacia Gumbi, was an orthopaedic

makes it hard to have a social

nurse at King Edward III and Prince

life,” she said. “I was that person

Mshiyeni Memorial hospitals.

who was always apologising for not making it to a family or social event.”

“They both had a strong influence on me. “My father’s biological mother was

possible.”

The woman behind the doctor Zuma is ambitious, focused, kind-hearted, hardworking

also diagnosed with cancer and

and loves to dance and

admires Judy Dlamini, who is a

treated at Addington Hospital 20

laugh. “I am a hip hop and

qualified doctor, businesswoman,

years ago and she’s still alive. That’s

R&B fan, so my top five art-

mother and wife. “She does it all

why it’s important for me to see

ists would be Drake, Kwesta,

with finesse. She also has overcome

Addington’s oncology department

Nasty C, Sjava and Amanda

class, race and gender discrimina-

functioning well.”

Zulu.

This rigorous schedule is why she

tion, which is something that black

Oncology is unique in that there’s

“My philosophy in life is ‘Hard-

the medical part and then the

ships prepare the ordinary

radiotherapy part, explained Zuma.

for the extraordinary’ - that is

perseverance. “I have a community

“As an oncologist, I have to tell

what keeps me going.”

to serve and the only way to do that

patients that they have cancer and

When the time is right, Zuma

is by being the best at what I do.

the immediate thought for them

plans to start a family. “I love

is that, ‘I’m going to die’. It takes a

children, so I’m hoping to

been very supportive especially

doctor with empathy and soft skills

have at least two. I’ve seen

when the studying got really tough.”

to be able to reassure them that,

the importance of having

Why oncology?

‘I will be there with you throughout

siblings and family the older

Zuma decided in 2012 that she

this journey and I will do my best, no

I get, and I definitely want to

matter what the outcome’.”

give that to my own children.”

women face every day.” Zuma said her own star quality is

“My friends and family have also

wanted to be an oncologist. A year later, her step-grandmother, Peggy

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She said she truly enjoys treating

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THE AVBOB SCHOOLS INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT AVBOB believes that Corporate Social Investment (CSI) requires far more than a once-off donation to a worthy cause, and has to be aligned with their long-term goals and objectives. On International Mandela Day (18 July 2017) at Joe Solomon Primary School in Bloemfontein, AVBOB, in partnership with the Department of Basic Education (DBE), announced its intention to invest R150 million in the renovation, refurbishment and building of schools across the nine provinces in South Africa. AVBOB envisages that this investment will have a profound impact on the lives of young learners across the country. AVBOB TROLLEY LIBRARIES: Due to the success of the container library project,AVBOB received a number of enquiries from smaller, underprivileged schools. As part of the AVBOB Foundation’s strategy to ensure that public schools that have fewer than 600 enrolled learners are also accommodated, AVBOB Industries manufactures trolley libraries, in a wide range of models, which are available for order through the AVBOB Foundation. MZANSI YOUTH CHOIR: In 2015, the AVBOB Foundation adopted the internationally-acclaimed Mzansi Youth Choir and has been sponsoring the choir and some sixty choristers annually. The Mzansi Youth Choir was established in July 2003 with the objective of affording talented, underprivileged teenagers and young adults (aged between 14-24 years) the opportunity to perform locally and abroad. The choir has graced local and world stages, including performing at the Royal Albert Hall in London. DIEPSLOOT KASI HIVE: The Diepsloot Kasi Hive (DKH) consists of a group of dynamic young entrepreneurs who have been trying to make a difference in their community for many years but have, due to a lack of funds, struggled to achieve their goals. Towards the end of 2015, the AVBOB Foundation took DKH under its wing when it decided to sponsor the young entrepreneurs. The DKH members were awarded an opportunity to undergo an accredited training programme, and the AVBOB Foundation established a vegetable

tunnel for them with the aim of developing a commercially viable business that will be sustainable in the long run. On 25 November 2016, the DKH team had their first harvest, whereafter their produce was sold to members of the community. It takes great courage to step into the world and make it a better place for all. It requires determination, passion and dedicated people to turn dreams – or a vision – into a reality. AVBOB is dedicated to the vision of a great South Africa, and it is our intention to invest in the youth of this country, who have the potential to create a brighter future for themselves and their communities.


IN OTHER NEWS

Compiled: by Jauhara Khan

Rooting out corruption in property sector

tion, professionalising the organs of

direction given by President Cyril

government to strengthen service

Ramaphosa is a clear instruc-

Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi

delivery, generating investment

tion that it cannot be business as

has called on property sector rep-

and job creation, and driving real

usual.

resentatives and members of the

socio-economic transformation in

“The President has called for

public to work with government to

the interests of all people.

renewed efforts towards real socio-

expose corruption.

“We are also putting in place a

economic transformation in the

“It is in all our interests to stamp

procurement regime which is

interests of all our people.

out this culture of corruption, a

transparent to deal with corrup-

“When I announced that we

practice which has brought this

tion. Our economic circumstances

would be putting out suitable

country to the brink of disaster,” the

as a country, as well as pressure

properties to tender, this is not an

Minister said.

from National Treasury, dictate

invitation to ‘radical economic

Speaking at the launch of the

that we fight corruption and state

looting’, whereby a few politically-

Expedited Lease Renewal Process

capture, which has been a mas-

connected syndicates receive

recently, Minister Nxesi acknowl-

sive drain on public funds.

contracts in return for providing

edged that poor governance and

“At the same time, we have to

minimal service.

controls have led to much of the

improve the way we do business

“We are targeting emerging en-

chaos in the leasing environment.

to contain costs and generate

trepreneurs who offer a real value

He emphasised that government is

income.”

proposition and tangible benefits

committed to rooting out corrup-

Minister Nxesi said the new

to government,” the Minister said.

East London smart factory to create jobs The launch of the Yekani Manufacturing factory at the East London Special Economic Zone is expected to create at least 1 000 new jobs for the community. The R1 billion smart factory was launched by Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies in June. The 100 percent black-owned information and communication technology (ICT), electronics and manufacturing company is a beneficiary of the Department of Trade and Industry’s (dti) Black Industrialist Programme and the Special Economic Zones Fund. “What we are witnessing today is a company that is getting into this space, which is very important as we prepare ourselves for the Fourth Industrialist Revolution. This is an example of what we can do if we put our minds to it. I think this is an investment to celebrate at a number of levels in an industry that is of strategic importance and key to job creation,” said Minister Davies. The dti provided R350 million for the construction of the factory that is located in the East London Special Economic Zone through the Special Economic Zones Fund. The company also received a R50 million grant under the Black Industrialist Programme for the machinery at the plant. Through the grant, the company will be able to employ a further 1 000 people. Formed in 1998, the company currently manufactures DSTV’s Explora HD decoders, TEAC television sets, set-top boxes and tablets. Group CEO of Yekani, Dr Siphiwe Cele, said the new facilities will allow Yekani to lead the way in technology innovation and to help Africa secure its rightful place among global technology leaders.

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Public Sector Manager • July 2018


Health anti-corruption forum to curb fraud The Special Investigating Unit (SIU), in collaboration with other law enforcement units, has launched the National Health Anti-Corruption Forum to curb fraud, waste and abuse in the sector. According to the SIU, the health sector has been prioritised for investigation due to its susceptibility to corruption. Head of the Special Investigating Unit, Advocate Andy Mothibi, said fraudulent activities taking place in the sector included false claims by doctors, pharmaceutical companies inflating prices, hijacking of ambulances and attacks on paramedics. “Health plays a very important role in our lives. We are starting with the health sector because it has an impact on the lives of people,” he said. Mothibi added that the unit and other stakeholders would further discuss the risk categories. Research has shown that there are fraudulent claims, absenteeism and over-billing by service providers. “We would like to improve the environment, especially in areas where there is fraud,” he said. Other law enforcement agencies involved in the Health Sector Anti-Corruption Forum include the Hawks, the South African Revenue Service, the National Prosecuting Authority, the South African Police Service and the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

CoGTA rescues distressed municipalities

palities experience a systemic

have to be employed in munici-

The Department of Cooperative

problem of skills shortage, which

palities and all vacancies within

Governance and Traditional Af-

causes non-delivery and manifests

the correct municipal structures

fairs (CoGTA) has dispatched 14

in over- and under-spending on

have to be filled in three months

technical teams to dysfunctional

programmes.

so that service delivery is not de-

municipalities to build capacity.

Municipal Infrastructure Grant. He added that many munici-

“One example is debilitative un-

The Minister said appropriately qualified and experienced people

layed any further.

“These teams are composed

derspending of the Municipal In-

of engineers, construction and

frastructure Grant, among others,

devising strategies to strengthen

project managers, financial ex-

on account of the lack of qualified

financial controls in municipalities.

perts, town and regional planning

engineers to oversee infrastructure

experts and administrators, who

projects. We established that only

harsh line against disclaimers,

are expected to build permanent

55 out of 257 municipalities have

because essentially, they indicate

capacity in the municipalities,”

qualified engineers to assist in

that there is no basis for even a

said the Minister of Cooperative

these projects.

basic assessment or audit of the

Governance and Traditional Affairs, Dr Zweli Mkhize.

CoGTA and National Treasury are

“One of the ways is to take a very

“The impact of this deficiency is

functions of the municipalities, in-

poor services to the communities,

cluding how funds are expended.

Addressing the FNB Academy for

which in some instances, for lack

Municipal Excellence workshop, Dr

of understanding, can easily be

of 12 months to address dis-

Mkhize said deploying the techni-

passed off as corruption and fan

claimers, as well as many other

cal teams will, among others, en-

unnecessary flames of protest,”

financial leakages in the system,”

able municipalities to spend their

he said.

he said.

Public Sector Manager • July 2018

“We have set our timeframe

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AN INTEGRATED CAREER DEVELOPMENT SERVICES SYSTEM FOR SOUTH AFRICA IS A REALITY Portal (NCAP), the National Career Helpline, the Khetha “The responsibility for career guidance-related services in

Radio Programme and the Career-help website. Every

South Africa is fragmented across a range of government

government department and agency has a responsibility

departments, which makes policy development extremely

to coordinate and provide career development services

difficult. International experience has shown that career

in their respective sector. The same applies to the DHET for

guidance policy cannot be developed and implemented

the Post-School Education and Training sector, over and

in isolation; it needs to be part of a coherent coordination

above its national coordination function.

of other relevant policies relating to education and training, skills development, the labour market, social equity and broader development.” (South African Qualifications Authority 2012: 26)

The Interdepartmental Career Development Committee is responsible for providing strategic input towards the effective coordination of career development services for government. It is composed of the departments of Basic Education, Labour, Social Development, Public Service

Since 2010, government has been working towards a vision of ensuring that “All citizens of all ages have access to quality career information and career development services throughout their lives so that they are able to make better and more informed career and life decisions that deliver high levels of employment and help to increase sustainable economic growth in the country” (Department

and Administration, and Higher Education and Training. To ensure the involvement of all stakeholders, the National Career Development Forum – a structure made up of the public service sector, private sector and civil society sector – has been established. The National Career Development Forum sub-structures are the Career Development

of Higher Education and Training 2017: 11).

Government Forum, Career Development Sector

Relevant and quality career information in the country

Consultative Forum.

is not just a need but a human right as enshrined in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa (Act No. 108 of 1996) which states that “Every citizen has the right to choose their trade, occupation or profession freely”. Outcome 5 of the Government Programme of Action 2014–2019 is concerned with developing a skilled and capable workforce to support an inclusive growth path. This further highlights the need for career development in building the economy of the country. Through cooperation and input from the three spheres of government and the public sector, the National Policy for an Integrated Career Development System for South Africa was developed and gazetted on 20 April 2017 (Vol. 622, No. 40795). The policy guides the implementation of a coordinated and integrated career development

Education and Training Authorities Forum, and the National

The Khetha trademark is a common identity used through the Implementation Protocol Agreement within government and memorandum of agreement entered into between the DHET and other stakeholders. The policy advocates for the establishment of agreements to facilitate collaboration and synergy in the provision of career development services. The professionalisation of career development services in the country warrants the establishment of a professional body. The DHET welcomes initiatives from interested parties that are keen to promote the vision of professionalising career development and ready to take the responsibility of a professional body to apply to the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).

system across all spheres of government. In launching the

In launching the policy, Minister Pandor emphasized

policy on 28 June 2018 at the Annual Career Development

that career development services as a lifelong learning

Stakeholder Conference, the Minister of Higher Education

process are critical for realising development of a capable

and Training Mrs Naledi Pandor emphasised the

workforce and an inclusive growth path for the country. As

importance of understanding the policy as a national

government, let us work together in support of the National

policy with leadership provided across government.

Policy for an Integrated Career Development System for

The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET)

South Africa.

provides leadership on the national coordination function

For more information, email Ms N Mfenyana at

and developing shared career development services

Mfenyana.N@dhet.gov.za or Ms T Jansen van Vuuren at

technology platforms such as the National Career Advice

Jansenvanvuuren.T@dhet.gov.za


ADVERTORIAL

CAREER DEVELOPMENT SERVICES PROJECT: FROM POLICY TO IMPLEMENTATION The function of the Career Development Services

career exhibitions, as well as training workshops for career

(CDS) project, managed by the Department of Higher

development practitioners. Key topics include career

Education and Training (DHET), is two-fold: policy and

decision-making, subject choice, financial assistance

national coordination, and project operations/programme

and applications for post-school education and training

implementation. Policy and coordination focuses on

opportunities.

stakeholder management and the development of guides and standards for the implementation of an integrated career development system for South Africa.

INFORMATION SERVICES The information services function provides free access to quality and up-to-date career information through various

CDS’s operations focus on the development and

platforms. Information is researched, collected and quality-

management of national shared technology services and

assured. The information hub is a resource accessible to all

the provision of quality career development services to

career development practitioners in the country to ensure

citizens. These services include:

the consistency and quality of information disseminated by various stakeholders.

NATIONAL CAREER HELPLINE The Career Helpline is a national multichannel career development service which offers career, study, funding information, and advice and counselling to members of the public. The channels include the national career telephone helpline which can be reached through SMS or “Please Call Me”, telephone, email, Facebook, Twitter and online LiveChat.

ADVOCACY AND COMMUNICATIONS The targets of the Advocacy and Communication Strategy and Plan for Career Development Services include learners, students, out-of-school youth, parents, career development practitioners and policy-makers. The following platforms are used: •

Khetha radio programme The Khetha radio programme is implemented

NATIONAL CAREER ADVICE PORTAL

in partnership with South African Broadcasting

The National Career Advice Portal (NCAP) is a

Corporation (SABC) Education. It is a weekly

comprehensive career resource for learners, students,

programme broadcast by DHET on 13 SABC radio

unemployed youth, parents, career development

stations that provides career, study and work-related

practitioners and workers looking to make career changes.

information to members of the public. The broadcasts

The system is based on the list of occupations according

cover all 11 official languages as well as the Khoi and

to the Organising Framework for Occupations. Each

San communities of the Northern Cape in Xu and

occupation is supported by learning pathways, videos and

Khwe. According to audience measurement ratings

accredited institutions.

supplied by the SABC, the Khetha radio programme attracts 3,5 million listeners per week.

NCAP operates alongside the client relationship management (CRM) system, information hub and cloudbased national helpline telephone system, as well as the Career-help website.

CDS campaigns - The Apply Now! campaign encourages learners to apply to higher education institutions on time through a booklet and school visits.

TRAINING AND SUPPORT

- T he Blitz campaign reaches the most disadvantaged

The training and support function provides career

communities through bus and taxi ranks and

information and advice through information sessions and

train stations.

www.dhet.gov.za


UPCOMING EVENTS

Compiled by: Jauhara Khan

MineSAFE Conference 29−31 August 2018

Planning Africa Conference 14−17 October 2018

this term in the African context?

The MineSAFE Confer-

The eighth Planning Africa Confer-

Town, Drakenstein Municipality,

ence focuses on im-

ence focuses on the role of plan-

Stellenbosch Municipality and

proving health, safety

ning in shaping the future.

South African Local Government

and the environmental

The South African Planning Insti-

Local partners supporting the conference are the City of Cape

Association.

impact in the mining

tute (SAPI) organises the confer-

The conference takes place

and metallurgy industry,

ence every two years to promote

at the Cape Town International

and highlights actions to

just and sustainable spatial

Convention Centre from 14–17

be taken to improve on

development in South Africa and

October 2018.

these areas.

the continent. It provides a plat-

MineSAFE also serves

form for knowledge exchange,

as a platform for learning

networking and influencing the

and allows people from

practice of planning.

across the industry to

http://www.planningafrica.org.za

The theme of the 2018 Planning

share ideas on achieving

Africa Conference is “The Mak-

zero harm in the South

ing of Modern African Cities”.

African mining industry.

The conference is expected to

The conference brings

For more information, go to

examine exactly what ‘modern’

together management,

means, specifically whether it is a

the Department of Min-

replication of other cities globally,

eral Resources, Chamber

or are there unique attributes to

of Mines, employee representative organisations and health and safety

from the industry to share

SA Innovation Summit 12−14 September 2018

best practice and suc-

The SA Innovation Summit is an annual flagship event that serves as a

cessful strategies for zero

platform for nurturing, developing and showcasing African innovation, as

harm and a value-based

well as facilitating innovative thought-leadership.

practitioners at all levels

approach to health and safety. The conference takes

The summit was created to support and promote innovation and collaboration in the industry and brings together corporates, thought leaders, inventors, entrepreneurs, academia and policy-makers to am-

place at the Gallagher

plify South Africa’s renowned competitive edge and to inspire sustained

Convention Centre in

economic growth across the continent of Africa.

Johannesburg from 29 to 31 August 2018. For more information, go to https://minesafe.co.za

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The summit brings together thought leaders and accelerates innovation in South Africa and the African continent. The event takes place at the Cape Town Stadium from 12 to 14 September 2018. For more information, go to http://innovationsummit.co.za

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VITAL STATS

Source: Statistics South Africa

A closer look at the SA economy in the first quarter

production in gold, platinum group metals and iron ore were the main contributors to falling performance. Manufacturing also failed to make a positive contribution to economic growth, falling by 6.4 percent. The decline was driven largely by a fall in production of petroleum and chemical products, as well as basic iron and steel. The trade, construction and electricity industries also recorded negative growth in the first quarter of 2018 compared with the fourth quarter of 2017. Trade activity fell by

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3.1 percent, on the back of weaker fter growing by 3.1 per-

the agriculture industry lost ground

wholesale, retail and motor trade

cent in the fourth quarter

in the first quarter of 2018, contract-

sales and lower activity in catering

of 2017, the South African

ing by 24.2 percent.

and accommodation.

economy wobbled in the first quar-

Agriculture’s relatively strong

The construction industry contin-

ter of 2018, shrinking by 2.2 percent

performance in 2017 is one of the

ued to contract, experiencing its

quarter-on-quarter (seasonally ad-

positive factors that helped keep

fifth consecutive quarter of decline.

justed and annualised). Agricul-

the economy afloat in 2017. This

The industry has lost R1.7 billion

ture, mining and manufacturing

momentum failed to carry through

in value since the fourth quarter

were the main contributors to the

to 2018, with decreased produc-

of 2016, falling from R110 billion to

slowdown, with the electricity, con-

tion in field crops and horticultural

R108 billion in the first quarter of

struction and trade industries also

products contributing to the de-

2018 (constant 2010 prices, an-

recording negative growth.

cline in the first quarter.

nualised).

The 2.2 percent fall is the largest

Mining entered into recession

Economic activity in transport,

quarter-on-quarter decline since

with its second consecutive quar-

finance, personal services and

the first quarter of 2009. In that

ter of economic decline. Produc-

government increased in the first

quarter, the economy contracted

tion was down 9.9 percent in the

quarter of 2018. The 1.8 percent rise

by 6.1 percent.

first quarter of 2018, following on

in general government was mostly

from a decrease of 4.4 percent in

related to increased employment

the fourth quarter of 2017. Lower

numbers in the public sector.

After recording four consecutive quarters of robust growth in 2017,

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Public Sector Manager • July 2018


PROVINCIAL FOCUS

Writer: Allison Cooper

Capturing all that was Madiba in KZN Just a short drive from Durban is the spot where Nelson Mandela was captured. As the country celebrates not only Mandela Day this month, but also the centenary of his birth, we find out what the KZN government has done – and is continuing to do – to honour the great man.

T

he inspirational story of former

Albert Luthuli, the African National

by apartheid operatives for 17

President Nelson Mandela’s

Congress president at the time,

months, Mandela was arrested

journey to freedom cannot be

about Umkhonto we Sizwe’s un-

and spent 27 years in prison.

told without including the province

derground operations.

The Nelson Mandela Capture

of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). He left per-

It was driving back from this

Site, situated on the R103 about

manent footprints in its political land-

meeting on 5 August 1962 that

five kilometres outside of Howick

scape and some of the most notable

armed apartheid police flagged

in the KZN Midlands, marks this

events in his life unfolded there.

down the car in which Mandela

historically important moment in

was pretending to be the chauf-

the struggle against apartheid.

Mandela returned to South Africa and KZN in 1962 to brief Chief

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feur. Having evaded capture

Marco Cianfanelli and Jeremy

Public Sector Manager • July 2018


Rose (Mashabane Rose Archi-

KZN Heritage Council, in associa-

various plans in place to honour

tects) originally collaborated

tion with the Nelson Mandela

Mandela’s centenary.

in 2007 to make an interactive

Centre of Memory.

sculpture that incorporated Man-

The site also has a small con-

The “Find the Madiba in you” national campaign encourages

dela’s image. Culture Mechanics,

verted shed with a temporary

South Africans to find the Madiba

a specialist museum, exhibition,

exhibition that portrays Madiba’s

in them by promoting his experi-

design and art consultancy,

life and his role in the transforma-

ences across the country, before

curated the project and com-

tion of South Africa, as well as a

and during democracy.

missioned the installation of the

children’s playground, bookshop,

piece.

various curio shops, Truth Café

campaign through partnerships

and a swimming pool.

with media houses to drive it,

The sculpture consists of 50 steel columns between six and 9.5 metres high and 30 metres wide. While from the road it looks like a forest of steel poles, when visitors walk along the path, which represents the long walk to freedom, the laser-cut steel columns gradually come together. It’s at the focus point, 30 metres from the sculpture, that the columns line up and one can see the twodimensional image of Madiba. The sculpture visually shifts

As for the future of the development, the uMngeni Municipality

“The province is committed to continuing to hunt for investment to increase its capacity to create business and employment opportunities.”

“KZN will give support to the

highlighting Madiba’s experiences in the province, which will be a combination of the struggle years, his role in democratic South Africa and causes that were close to his heart,” said KZN Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs MEC Sihle Zikalala. The campaign will also be promoted via EDTEA and Tourism KZN’s (TKZN) digital platforms. In addition, the province’s 67 minutes will create tourism hype within communities, trees will

throughout the day as it’s affected by the changing light. It is the

and CoGTA have commissioned

be planted and a video will be

largest artwork of its kind in South

a plan for the establishment of a

developed.

Africa and instantly became an

museum; multipurpose theatre

international symbol of Mandela’s

and amphitheatre; and support-

iconic status, which was recog-

ing educational tourism and

Mandela Day Marathon

nised by the United Nations when

cultural facilities, including an arts

“Sport has the power to change

it declared his birthday Interna-

and craft node.

the world, it has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite

tional Mandela Day. ble by the Department of Cooper-

Honouring Madiba’s centenary

ative Government and Traditional

The KZN Department of Eco-

language that they understand.

Affairs (CoGTA), uMngeni Munici-

nomic Development, Tourism and

Sport can create hope where

pality, Apartheid Museum and

Environmental Affairs (EDTEA) has

once there was despair.

The sculpture was made possi-

Public Sector Manager • July 2018

people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a

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ENSURING QUALITY The role also included monitoring the performance of quality-assurance partners (QAPs) (SETAs and professional bodies) in terms of the quality functions delegated to the QAPs by QCTO. PSM: What values do you prioritise as a leader? VN: First and foremost, I believe that as an organisation we are here to serve the people. While there has been substantial change since democracy, the sad reality is that this has not translated into benefiting our people as quickly as had been anticipated. For this reason, we have elected to fast-track our processes so that we impact society by providing credible qualifications and part-qualifications which make people employable. To do this, we need efficient systems and processes. On a personal level, my values include respect and regard for the individual and the institution; however, the individual (including myself) can never be bigger than the institution. I believe in people and therefore “take them along� with me, creating opportunities for them express their own talents. I believe in honesty, integrity, and fair and just administration. The Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) is the organisation responsible for establishing and maintaining

PSM: 2018 is a year of transition and maturation for QCTO.

occupational standards and qualifications. This year is one

What are some of the changes taking place?

of change as the council takes over quality-assurance functions from the relevant SETAs and realigns historically

VN: Most certainly, QCTO is a maturing organisation. In

registered qualifications. CEO of QCTO, Mr Vijayen Naidoo,

order for QCTO to execute its mandate and grow, we are

elaborates on these changes.

implementing a new organogram. The new structure will allow QCTO to bring industry and subject matter experts

PSM: What was your role within QCTO before

into QCTO, thus reducing our dependence on third parties.

becoming CEO?

A number of key senior positions have been advertised and we are in the process of filling these posts.

Vijayen Naidoo: I joined QCTO in February 2014 as Chief Director for Quality Assurance. This was a new post and

QCTO is also actively pursuing partnerships with international

so my role was to establish and implement a quality-

organisations who have similar mandates. The intention is to

assurance system to support the qualifications and part-

understand and share best practices. We are keenly aware

qualifications registered on the Occupational Qualifications

that we need a unique South African system to solve South

Sub-framework (OQSF). The OQSF is a sub-framework of the

African problems, but we can learn from the experiences

National Qualifications Framework (NQF).

of other systems.

The focus during this period was to develop the suite of

PSM: What are some of the challenges that QCTO faces in

policies and procedures to ensure the quality of provisioning

taking over the quality-assurance functions that have in the

and of assessments for occupational qualifications. The work

past been carried out by the relevant SETAs?

included the establishment of a credible certification system.


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VN: The challenges are no different to those captured in

VN: QCTO supports the development of TVET colleges. QCTO’s

the White Paper on Post-School Education and Training,

direct response to this is the reconstruction of the NATED N4–

which indicates that QCTO was established with a specific

N6 programmes into occupational qualifications. The NATED

mandate but that it was not sufficiently resourced or

N1–N6 as well as the National Certificate Vocational (NCV)

capacitated to fully execute its mandate. So, while there

are the mainstay qualifications offered at TVETs. In response to

has been an increase in resource allocations, the current

some of the criticisms levelled against the N4–N6, QCTO has

levels of funding still pose a challenge.

reconstructed the Business and General Studies programmes and is currently working on the Engineering programmes.

This is not the only challenge though. The challenges must be located within the broader context of finalising the policy

QCTO is also playing a central role in piloting occupational

context for the implementation of the Post-School Education

qualifications at certain TVETs within the Centres of

and Training System and in particular the role of SETAs.

Specialisation project as well as the Dual System Pilot Project.

PSM: What does the realignment of historically registered

PSM: What do you see as QCTO’s role in achieving the goals

qualifications mean for QCTO on a practical level?

of the National Development Plan (NDP)?

VN: The realignment of historically registered qualifications acknowledges that there are certain qualifications that are in demand and have learner uptake. The realignment process means that the qualification will be reviewed to update it and bring it in line with the design and format of the occupational qualifications – in particular, specifying the knowledge, practical and work experience components. The qualification will then be registered as an occupational qualification and will be subjected to the full qualityassurance processes in place for occupational qualifications. PSM: What is the role of the industry in developing and maintaining qualifications, and in particular, in the re-alignment of historically registered qualifications? VN: QCTO develops “qualifications for industry by industry”. The role of industry in the development of qualifications and

VN: The NDP speaks about improving the quality of the college sector. QCTO’s role is to ensure firstly that there is a set of business- and industry-focused qualifications available at colleges and secondly that the provisioning of such qualifications is of the required standard and quality. This is achieved through QCTO’s accreditation and monitoring processes. QCTO is also currently coordinating a task team set up to advise the Minister of Higher Education and Training on a suite of skills development programmes to be offered at Community Education and Training Colleges. While QCTO cannot guarantee employment, it certainly can contribute to offering qualifications, part-qualifications and skills programmes which lead to meaningful employment or self-sustaining opportunities.

part-qualifications is critical if we are to ensure that such qualifications lead to meaningful employment. Industry is invited to the scoping phases where the purpose and outcomes of qualifications are determined. The community of experts who contribute to the development of the qualification are also drawn from industry as well as educational institutions. The same applies to the re-alignment of historically registered qualifications. CONTACT INFORMATION: PSM: The White Paper on Post-School Education and Training

Phone: 012 003 1800

prioritises the role of Technical Vocational Education and

Physical Address: 256 Glyn Street, Hatfield, Pretoria, 0083

Training (TVET) colleges. What steps has QCTO taken to

Postal address: Private Bag X278, Pretoria, 001

respond to this?

Email: info@qcto.org.za


PROVINCIAL FOCUS

It is more powerful than govern-

will highlight their tourism signifi-

government wants people wishing

ment in breaking down racial

cance.

to invest in various sectors of the

barriers.” This quote by Nelson Mandela in-

“The aim is to expose learners,

economy to have unencumbered

who are studying tourism, to the

access to business information. The

spired the Mandela Day Marathon,

province’s In Mandela’s Footsteps

One Stop Shop serves as a single

which this year takes place on

campaign. A workshop will be held

point of contact to interface with

26 August in KZN.

with learners, followed by an actual

various government agencies and

tour,” said MEC Zikalala.

departments, to achieve quick

The marathon, which aims to achieve the sentiments famously

“The department will also incor-

responses to business applications

expressed by Madiba on the power

porate Madiba’s story and legacy

of sport to unite a nation, com-

into the Tourism Entrepreneurs and

menced in 2012 and is endorsed

Careers Expo and a competition

zones, the Richards Bay Industrial

by the Nelson Mandela Founda-

will be run in which learners will

Development Zone (IDZ) and the

tion. It starts at Manaye Hall and

write essays on the theme. The

Dube Trade Port, are highly com-

ends at the Nelson Mandela

top three essays will form part of

mended for creating a conducive

Capture Site.

the Madiba public lecture, which

environment for businesses to

targets educators, learners and

thrive, which has seen invest-

tourism graduates,” he added.

ments worth billions of Rands

“The focus of this year’s marathon will be to drive international awareness, to increase participation of

and information. “KZN’s two special economic

being pumped into the province’s

crease international arrivals in KZN,”

Departmental highlights

said MEC Zikalala.

In giving life to Mandela’s vision of

the Richards Bay region, which

a better South Africa for all, the ED-

is influenced by the area’s close

this initiative will challenge South

TEA has been mindful of support-

proximity to the advanced harbour

Africans to run in or watch the

ing mainstream businesspeople

facilities. The announcement of

race, as part of their contribution

and investors by creating attractive

Richards Bay as a gas-to-power

towards Mandela’s legacy of unity,”

situations for doing business and

energy hub is also expected to at-

he added.

investing in KZN, to boost the prov-

tract more industries to the region.

international runners and thus in-

“The media campaign around

ince’s economic health.

Schools campaign

Last year, the province’s One Stop

economy,” the MEC said. Progress is also being made in

“We are optimistic that the projected R25 billion investment into

The “Do KZN – In Mandela’s Foot-

Shop was opened at the Trade and

the construction and activation of

steps” schools campaign is another

Investment KZN offices and there’s

the gas-to-liquid plant will heighten

highlight to look forward to in the

a prospect of more being opened.

investor confidence in the region,

province. TKZN and EDTEA aim to

The Dube Trade Port, which is

conduct four school campaigns

the new industrial and aviation

excess of 3 000 construction jobs

this year, in celebration of Madiba’s

hub for the province under the

and 100 permanent positions.

life. The content and tours will

aerotropolis concept, was the first

include key places where Mandela

to have a subsidiary One Stop

to the triangular industrial sites

left his mark on KZN’s history and

Shop. This is because the provincial

of Richards Bay, Durban and

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with the prospect of creating in

“These developments contribute

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© Nelson Mandela Foundation

The annual Mandela Day Marat hon star ts at Manaye Hall in Mbali, KwaZulu-Natal, where Nelson Mandela gave his last speec h as a free man in 1961, and ends at t he capture site in Howic k , where Mandela was stopped at a roadbloc k on 5 August 1962.

Pietermaritzburg, where stateowned entities play a vital role

was with black-owned companies. This resulted in the creation of 953

economic sectors. “The province is committed to

in energising local and regional

temporary job opportunities and

continuing to hunt for investment

economies,” said MEC Zikalala.

432 permanent ones. In the new

to increase its capacity to create

financial year, MEC Zikalala

business and employment oppor-

hub, like the Richards Bay IDZ, plays

is expecting more investments

tunities. Through Trade & Invest-

a meaningful role in the coun-

from the private sector to enhance

ment KZN, the province attracted

try’s economy. This is reflected

the precinct’s profile as a special

over R2.1 billion worth of new

in its achievements during the

economic zone.

investments last year, which was

The Dube Trade Port industrial

2017/2018 financial year, as it

The Richards Bay IDZ recently

spread across different sectors of

signed around R1.7 billion worth of

signed investments worth

the economy, scattered across the

investments, of which R1.6 billion

over R10 billion from various

province,” noted the MEC.

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43


INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Ocean protection, investment in the spotlight in Canada With an estimated eight million tonnes of plastic ending up in the world’s oceans each year, the sustainability of our seas is under threat.

A

commitment by global

Multilateral approach

resources beyond national juris-

leaders to turn the tide

President Ramaphosa described

diction.

on the degradation of

the summit as a success and

President Ramaphosa shared with

the world’s oceans has earned the

stressed the importance of the

other leaders South Africa’s strategy

praise of President Cyril Ramaphosa.

strong political signal delivered

to research and develop alterna-

by the G7 leaders to address

tives and substitutes for single-use

on a working visit to Canada dur-

issues facing the world’s oceans,

plastics.

ing which he participated in the

including stressors such as plastic

These actions by South Africa

G7 Leaders’ Outreach Summit.

pollution, building the resilience of

are complemented by coopera-

coasts and communities, improv-

tive strategies to expand marine

two-day session, which was held

ing the protection of the world’s

protected areas and address

under the theme “Healthy, Produc-

oceans and ensuring sustainable

over-exploitation through illegal, un-

tive and Resilient Oceans and

use of marine resources.

reported and unregulated fisheries

The President recently embarked

South Africa’s participation in the

Seas, Coasts and Communities”,

He said it was important to

detection and enforcement, and

was at the invitation of Canadian

strengthen the multilateral ap-

are supported by an integrated,

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

proach to managing ocean

shared ocean information system

President Cyril Ramaphosa wit h Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during t he G7 Leaders’ Outreac h Summit.

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as a basis for the sustainable

is undertaking measures to set the

both developing and developed

management of the oceans and

economy on a new path of growth,

economies.

its users.

employment and transformation.”

The President believes the ocean

“We are moving swiftly to restore

“It strengthens productive capacity through transfer of technology

economy has the potential to cre-

credibility, improve governance and

and knowledge, the creation of

ate around one million jobs.

implement turnaround strategies at

job opportunities, improvements

South Africa’s state-owned enter-

in human capital and enhanced

prises,” he said.

production processes. Greater

On the sidelines of the summit, President Ramaphosa held a number of bilateral engagements with

The Presidnt added that govern-

capital inflows generate greater

Heads of State and Government

ment is working with urgency to

trade flows, and with it the op-

from various countries including

guide the economy towards a

portunity for a country like South

Norway, France, Germany, Vietnam,

more sustainable growth trajec-

Africa to derive greater value from its mineral, agricultural and

Rwanda, Kenya and the host country, Canada.

Attracting investment In line with President Ramaphosa’s drive to attract investment to grow the economy and create jobs, as well as reduce poverty and inequality, the President engaged with representatives of the business community in Toronto. He welcomed the interest shown by the global business community in South Africa as an investment destination and lauded the “wonderful exchange of views” in a session he described as oversold. He told guests at the engagement that South Africa, which sees

The G7 consists of Canada, the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Italy. Other states, whose leaders were invited to participate in the Leaders’ Summit Outreach, included Kenya, Senegal, Rwanda, Seychelles, Haiti, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Samoa, Argentina, Norway and Jamaica. The International Monetary Fund, World Bank, United Nations and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development also attended the session.

Canada as a strategic partner, has

“Business confidence and investor sentiment is improving. Government

Ramaphosa.

Potential investors It is for this reason that government has embarked on an investment drive that aims to raise US$100 billion over the next five years and appointed four special envoys on investment that will meet potential investors both in South Africa and in major financial centres. “South Africa has embarked on a new path of renewal and growth. We are hard at work to remove the constraints that have held us back and to create new opportunities for growth. “South Africa is open for business. We anticipate a new wave of

entered a new era in which the economy is centre stage.

other resources,” said President

tory and to restore South Africa to

investment in our economy and in

investment-grade status.

our region over the next few years,”

“We are working to significantly

President Ramaphosa said.

is responding to create a dynamic

increase the levels of fixed invest-

and enabling business environ-

ment in the economy. We know that

panies to join the wave and reap

ment that will promote greater

foreign direct investment is a criti-

the rewards of investing in a coun-

productive investment. South Africa

cal driver of economic growth for

try and a continent on the rise.

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He encouraged Canadian com-

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WORK-INTEGRATED LEARNING

More than ever, the expectations and demands on both

team work, communication skills, problem-solving and use

the public and private sectors are evident as thousands

of technology are but a few of the skills that build not only

of youth enter the labour market year on year. Progress is

learner confidence but the ability to transition into a place

being made surrounding public–private partnerships, as

of work, resulting ultimately in a greater success rate for both

some sectors deploy radical initiatives regarding youth

the (potential) employer and learner.

development and employment, the President’s Youth Employment Service (YES) is launched and our B-BBEE

A COLLECTIVE EFFORT

codes are being amended – but is this enough? What

Three stakeholders are required to ensure the effectiveness

more can be done?

of WIL: the workplace, the institution/training partner and the learner. At Omni HR Consulting, we agree with this

ALIGNING WORK AND PRACTICE

approach and have aligned our WIL model to support

Focus should be placed on work-integrated learning

learners to be work-ready and employable at the end of

(WIL), which according to the South African Qualifications

their qualification. Our research and experience show that

Authority (SAQA) is defined as “an educational approach

for WIL to be successful:

that aligns occupational learning and workplace practices for the mutual benefit of learners and workplaces”. WIL should

onset of engagement and form an integral thread

be appropriate for the learning intervention (qualification)

throughout the learning phase to ensure the learner’s

concerned, which implies that a learner should be able

work-readiness after the qualification.

to contextually apply their learning within a workplace in a way that demonstrably supports the outcomes of the

It must form part of the learning framework at the

It must meet the quality-assurance and compliance requirements for accredited learning to ensure

learning intervention linked to the specific industry.

alignment between learner attributes and the skills required within the workplace.

As industry, we are clear on our expectations regarding the skills a learner should possess when entering the labour

It must extend beyond the classroom, thereby placing

market. We need to ask ourselves whether the skills we look

collective ownership on all stakeholders, including

for (apart from academic criteria) are sufficiently developed

government, workplaces and industry bodies, to

at the foundational schooling level and beyond to ensure a

create work placement opportunities and gainful

learner is work-ready. Relevant skills such as self-awareness,

employment.


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WORK-INTEGRATED LEARNING IS A COLLECTIVE EFFORT.

could be recruited to fill vacancies. A well-structured WIL programme is evident in the ability to understand a company’s environment, support the workplace objectives and benefit both the workplace and learner. Quality training partners are vital. Omni believes that quality assurance and WIL are interconnected and that, without delivery of quality learning, WIL, coaching and mentoring and assessment, the overall programme cannot be successful. For successful implementation, WIL strategies must: be part of the learning framework/curriculum from the onset, considering both the theoretical and practical components of learning; meet quality-assurance compliance requirements aligning learner attributes and the skills required within the workplace; and ensure that implementation provides sufficient learner support and guidance to the learner, that it is documented and that it forms part of the assessment process. THE BENEFITS OF WIL Learners benefit from WIL practices by linking their newly acquired knowledge and skills with practical application

WIL is not the sole responsibility of the learning institution

in a controlled environment. In the work environment, they

but rather a collective effort of all stakeholders. The active

are also exposed to the right blend of soft skills required

engagement and participation of the learner, client and

for work-readiness, which provide them an even greater

quality partner are required for successful implementation.

opportunity for gainful employment.

Learner engagement pertains to learner placement and

Workplaces benefit from a pool of skilled, talented, young

recruitment, which is a formal process to match the learner

individuals, who bring with them a host of new ideas and

to the employer. Learners undergo formal contracting

innovations and who in time could service their recruitment

to participate in the formal training component of their

pipeline and succession planning process.

qualification. The WIL practical is supported by a coaching framework. The workplace supports the learner to become

Learning institutions benefit when meeting the compliance

operational and apply their skills practically, while the

requirements for WIL, as workplaces continuously engage

training provider focuses on evidence collection and

them to provide a continuous flow of skilled learners who

meeting the formal assessment requirements. Learners are

meet their human capital requirements.

allocated a coach for the duration of the WIL practical who helps them work towards competency in the qualification and achieving work-readiness. On successful completion, learners can apply for gainful employment. Workplace engagement forms part of Omni HR Consulting’s client engagement strategy. Surveys are conducted to secure feedback on the efficacy of WIL programmes implemented. The consensus from respondents who have engaged in WIL is that: the programme added value to their workplace, learners displayed a high level of commitment to the company’s goals. Learners met the company’s requirements

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MANAGEMENT AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Writer: Des Latham

BRICS,

Africa and the youth

S

outh Africa will host the 10th

The existing trade blocs such as

given the economic benefit

iteration of the Brazil, Russia,

the European Union and North

to be derived from the socio-

India, China and South Africa

American Free Trade Agreement

economic empowerment of

(BRICS) grouping in July with the

are coming under political and de-

women, particularly in develop-

theme “BRICS in Africa: Collaboration

mographic stress and afford BRICS

ing countries.

for Inclusive Growth and Shared Pros-

a clear warning about the sensitivi-

perity in the Fouth Industrial Revolu-

ties involved when different nations

tion”. The host country is determined

work together. The latest summit is

to reinforce two main sub-themes –

being touted as a real move away

Focus on the youth

Africa and the youth – during this lat-

from a talk shop, with South Africa

The starting point for this develop-

est round of meetings between Brazil,

proposing a number of other focus

ment is the youth, linked directly

Russia, India, China and South Africa.

points.

to education and the relevance

With the contemporary scramble for Africa on the go, this is time-

These include the: •

ous and comes after decades of

Establishment of a BRICS Tourism Track of Cooperation.

of their pedagogic strategy. Youth

Establishment of a Working

unemployment remains a direct

Group on Peacekeeping.

threat to the stability of all nations,

Establishment of a Vaccine Re-

and in South Africa this has be-

resources by global powers. The

search Centre for Collaboration

come the most pertinent develop-

lack of beneficiation generally

with BRICS vaccine innovation

mental issue facing government.

throughout the continent when it

and development partners –

The Fourth Industrial Revolution

comes to its mineral riches is highly

this is intended to be a physical

implies a highly-skilled population

sensitive.

research centre focused on

taking advantage of digital op-

research and development and

portunities.

post-colonial exploitation of Africa’s

Different regions of Africa are jostling for foreign direct fixed invest-

vaccine innovation.

There is also the demographic

Establishment of a BRICS

component which BRICS nations

job creation, mineral beneficiation

Gender and Women’s Forum –

face, with Brazil, India and South

and ultimately, manufacturing, the

intended as a dedicated track

Africa appearing similarly at least

cornerstone of economic growth.

for gender and women’s issues,

in the age breakdown.

ment which automatically leads to

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Public Sector Manager • July 2018


Each country in BRICS has never

Reducing income gaps remains

infrastructure.

had such a high share of young

a core driver in BRICS regions, with

While South Africa boasts a Na-

people in their demographic

South Africa particularly affected

tional Youth Development Agency,

graph, which means there is an

as it recovers from apartheid and

China also has a tradition of pro-

increase in the demand for jobs.

India from its period of colonialism.

grammes aimed at younger workers, dating back to the mid-1980s

This is being exacerbated by an

when the Yigong-daizhen or “of-

expectancy, along with a decrease

Employment programmes

in the infant mortality rate.

South Africa has instituted work-

relief payments” (as a rough trans-

increase in fertility rates and life

fering job opportunities instead of

place programmes and so too has

lation) was lauched. It is estimated

countries with older populations

India. The launch of the Youth Em-

by the United Nations Development

that need to find money to support

ployment Service (YES) programme

Programme that around

the elderly and retirees. However,

is a case in point which offers

70 percent of jobs in this pro-

the complex nature of the BRICS

on-the-job training. The country’s

gramme are allocated to the youth.

countries means that Russia and

Expanded Public Works Programme

China in particular are starting to

was also launched in an attempt

Programme, which was announced

experience an increase in the num-

to deal with the unemployment

in 2013, aims to stimulate the em-

ber of what is known as “depend-

rate. In India, the Mahatma Gandhi

ployment of young people, persons

ent populations”.

National Rural Employment Guar-

with disabilities and residents of

anteed Act is one of the largest of

depressed regions.

Overall this is a positive trend for

And Brazil is not far behind, while South Africa will probably see the increase in a dependent population by around 2050.

its kind in the world. It has led to more jobs for the

In Russia, the New Employment

One of the most interesting aspects of this programme is the

youth in India, as the programme

promotion of inter-regional flows of

aims to guarantee 100 days of

youngsters from one part of Russia

tion where the dependent popula-

unskilled labour per household and

to another, where there are specific

tion overtakes the working popu-

was ostensibly a plan to deal with

skills shortages. In Brazil, training

lation by the 2050s. But for China

using workers mainly in construc-

programmes targeting the youth

that will happen around 2035.

tion jobs aimed at improving

have also seen some success,

Russia and Brazil will see a situa-

This has concerned Beijing and it overturned its one-child policy launched in 1979 in early 2016. Workplace productivity is also directly linked to gender rights which have helped buffer these countries when their workforces begin to age. The youth in BRICS represent around one-fifth of their working age populations according to World Bank figures and ignoring younger workers is not strategically wise.

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MANAGEMENT AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

particularly the Programa Nacional

The South African government

and the grid connection infrastruc-

de Acesso ao Ensino Técnico e

believes tourism is one of the main

ture will be used for renewable

Emprego which was planned to

drivers of the NDP and remains one

energy projects and augmentation

increase training programmes sup-

of the biggest employers in the

of the Eskom transmission network

plied by accredited schools.

country. Using the regional integra-

to the Soweto area in particular.

tion message and goodwill among

As South Africa focuses on the

SA’s BRICS membership

states in southern Africa in particu-

future, youth will be used in many

South Africa has invited regional Af-

lar is one of the strategies cur-

aspects of the renewable power

rican leaders to attend some of the

rently being developed. Hosting our

project, which will also integrate

upcoming BRICS summit events. The

colleagues from across the region

a total of 670 MW of renewable

BRICS Tourism Track of Cooperation

will improve the communication of

energy to the grid by Eskom.

is vital when it comes to regional

regional integration.

integration, following the development of SADC’s Transfrontier Park system which is a real success.

This accounts for 10 percent of the national target for renewable

New Development Bank

energy capacity from 2020 to 2021. The transmission lines, once devel-

The New Development Bank (NDB)

oped, will help meet the demand

BRICS Forum has become a vital

is a vital component of the BRICS

for electricity in the implementation

element of its global economic

grouping and as investments grow

regions and lay a foundation for

strategy and is viewed as a catalyst

in both the youth and tourism sec-

future renewable energy develop-

and enabling tool for the pursuit

tors, this financial vehicle is likely

ment.

and achievement of South Africa’s

to lead directly to the growth of

foreign policy priorities, includ-

regional economies. South Africa’s

termined to grow employment for

ing the promotion of the African

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene

its youth, and with South Africa’s

Agenda, sustainable development,

was elected as the Chairman of

unique position as a central coun-

global governance reform and

the NDB Board of Governors.

try globally, the grouping will see

South Africa’s membership of the

South–South cooperation. In advancing national interests to

The NDB commits to annual project cycles. In 2016, the NDB

So with each BRICS nation de-

more interest from African neighbours.

x

attain domestic objectives, South

disbursed its first tranche of projects

Africa’s engagement in all forums

to all BRICS members – all in the

The first BRIC Summit took

such as BRICS, among others, is

renewable and green energy and

place in 2009 in the Russian

underpinned by its national priori-

transportation sectors, totalling over

Federation and focused on

ties, including reducing inequality,

US$1.5 billion.

issues such as reform of the

eradicating poverty and address-

With youth motivating for a fresh

ing unemployment driven by the

angle on the use of energy in South

South Africa was invited to join

national imperative of radical

Africa, for example, the NDB will

BRIC in December 2010, after

socio-economic transformation.

provide a loan of US$180 million to

which the group adopted the

Engagement is therefore grounded

Eskom in order to mobilise renew-

acronym BRICS. President Zuma

by the key targets of the National

able energy.

subsequently attended the

Development Plan (NDP), also

This is to support renewable

giving due consideration to the

energy development and reduce

Nine-Point Plan.

the country’s reliance on fossil fuels

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global financial architecture.

Third BRICS Summit in Sanya, China, in March 2011.

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Making healthcare affordable and equitable

scheme environment to that which will exist under the NHI so that there is a smooth, harmonious transition that does not disrupt access to healthcare. “As it is now generally accepted, the cost of private healthcare is out of the reach of many citizens, even the well-to-do ones,” the Minister noted. The first amendment is to abolish what has come to be known as co-payments. Co-payments are when the scheme pays a portion of the bill that a provider (hospital or

I

private doctor) charges a patient. n an effort to address high

the National HeaIth Insurance (NHI)

The rest of the money is supposed

healthcare costs, ensure the

is not going to be a once-off event

to be paid by the patient from their

smooth running of the health-

but will take place in a phased-in

own pocket.

care system and create equality,

approach. While this is happen-

Minister Motsoaledi explained

government has released the Medi-

ing, the population of medical

that the amendment means that

cal Schemes Amendment Bill and

schemes' beneficiaries need imme-

every cent charged to the patient

the National Health Insurance Bill.

diate relief from serious challenges

must be settled fully by the scheme

Druing a recent media briefing,

experienced in the current medical

and the patient should not be bur-

Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoal-

scheme regime. The nature and

dened with having to pay.

edi explained that the Medical

magnitude of the challenges are

Schemes Amendment Bill seeks to

that it will be undesirable for medi-

that this amendment is outrageous

amend the Medical Schemes Act,

cal scheme beneficiaries to have

and calculated to destroy medical

1998 (Act No. 131 of 1998) to align

to wait for long-term changes,” he

schemes and leave beneficiaries

with the National Health Insurance

said.

with nothing. I wish to assure you

White Paper and the National

“There are people who will scream

that this was well thought of. The

Access to healthcare

load of complaints received from

“The first reason for this amend-

In addition, the amendment is

the public by us, the Department

ment is that the implementation of

intended to align the medical

of Health, as well as by the Council

Health Insurance Bill.

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for Medical Schemes – the medical

replacing it with comprehen-

schemes regulator – justifies this

sive service benefits.

amendment,” he noted.

■ Dealing with various unequal

both public and private,” he said. The Minister explained that the objective of the Act is to establish

and unfair benefit options

a fund that aims to achieve sus-

showed that medical schemes

which medical schemes are

tainable and affordable universal

were holding reserves of close to

subjecting their members to.

access to healthcare services by:

R60 billion that were not being

The amendment prevents any

■ Establishing and maintaining

used.

medical scheme from imple-

an efficient fund through the

The Minister added that data

menting any benefit option

consolidation of revenue to

requirement that medical schemes

unless approved by the Regis-

protect users against financial

should have 25 percent of their

trar of the Council for Medical

risk.

income in reserve. This is to cater for

Schemes.

“Granted, there is a statutory

■ Serving as the single public

■ Declaring the carrying on of

purchaser of health services in

R60 billion is equivalent to

the business of a medical

terms of this Act to ensure the

33 percent reserves, which means

scheme by a person not regis-

equitable and fair distribution

unnecessary accumulation at the

tered as a medical scheme to

and use of healthcare services.

emergencies. But presently the

expense of patients.” These huge reserves were accumulated partly through high premiums but also by introduc-

be a specific offence. ■ The introduction of an income cross-subsidisation model. ■ Compelling medical aid

■ Ensuring the sustainability of funding for healthcare services. ■ Providing for equity and efficiency in funding by actively

ing co-payments so that medical

schemes to pass back savings

purchasing healthcare ser-

schemes avoid having to pay or

if a member uses a designated

vices, medicines, health goods

even dip into the reserves if the situ-

service provider according to

and health-related products

ation demands, he explained.

the rules of the scheme.

from certified, accredited and

Ensuring patients benefit The Council for Medical Schemes

■ The cancellation of membership and waiting periods

contracted service providers. According to the Minister, govern-

between joining a scheme and

ment has also identified 12 acts

accessing benefits.

to be amended for the smooth

is currently reviewing this statutory

running of the healthcare system

requirement of 25 percent with a

Quality health services

and to guarantee or “impose

view to release enough money for

With regard to the NHI Bill, Minister

quality”.

patients, rather than holding a lot

Motsoaledi pointed out that the

These include the National

of reserves while patients suffer the

NHI is a health financing system

Health Act, 2003 (Act No. 61 of

hardships.

that pools funds to provide ac-

2003) and the Mental Health Act,

cess to quality health services for

2002 (Act No. 17 of 2002).

Other amendments include: ■ Abolishing the practice of us-

all South Africans based on their

The public has three months to

ing brokers within the medical

health needs and irrespective of

comment on the NHI Bill and the

scheme environment.

their socio-economic status.

Medical Schemes Amendment

■ Abolishing the practice of Prescribed Minimum Benefits and

Public Sector Manager • July 2018

“It will need a massive reorgani-

Bill, which were published in the

sation of the current health system,

Government Gazette on 21 June.

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EMERGING TALENT: AIMING FOR THE STARS “Education is the most powerful weapon which

EGP RSA, together with our partners, has created

you can use to change the world,” said Nelson

a bursary fund aimed at benefiting youth who

Mandela. It is because of this that Enel Green

achieve outstanding marks, but who are from

Power strives to place education at the

disadvantaged communities in the areas in

centre of its model of creating shared

which we operate, many of which are relatively

value (CSV).

remote. The fund sponsors fees for tertiary education, accommodation and an allowance

Wherever we are present in South Africa,

our

goal

is

to

for the selected group of students.

create

conditions that allow us to apply

At a bursary award ceremony held at the EGP RSA

the CSV model to the fullest, which

head office in Sandton in July, the bursaries were

is why we have launched a series

formally awarded to 17 bright young minds. We

of education projects. Not all

spoke to a few of them and this is what they had

students who pass their highest level at high school can afford to pursue a tertiary education.

to say: •

Samkelo Kondile, the second oldest of four children, is from a small town called

As such, many South African

Hankey in the Kouga Local Municipality.

youth find themselves with

Samkelo dreams of studying Biochemistry.

limited skills.

He recalls the day in 2017 when his principal at Hankey Secondary School pulled him out

For this reason, Enel Green

of the crowd of learners and announced the

Power South Africa (EGP

bursary EGP RSA had offered him. He says he

RSA)

was full of joy to find out that he was going

and

o f

sponsors activities

projects that

put

to be able to break the cycle and write a

the education of younger

new chapter for his family by becoming the

generations at the centre

first person to attend university. When he

our relationship with local

received his marks, it was too late for him to

communities.

study Biochemistry as the applications were closed. Being eager to study, he chose to do

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• Xoliswa Duda, the only child of a truck driver father and an unemployed mother, comes from Jacobsdal,

a BA in Human

close to EGP RSA’s Pulida solar plant, and is currently

Resources Management at Nelson Mandela University,

studying towards a Bachelor of Education at the

so he could remain close to his family. He hopes to

University of the Free State. She says she has always

move to Johannesburg one day to pursue his dreams. •

had a passion for teaching and working with children.

Thulaganyo Sethibe, from Kuruman in the Northern

Xoliswa’s message to other young people is that they

Cape, is a first-year student at the University of Pretoria

should not give up on their dreams. “You do not have

studying a degree in Medical Sciences. Thulaganyo

to struggle if you work hard and you are dedicated

wants to be the change the country needs and to bring innovative ideas to improve the field of medicine. When she was awarded the bursary, she never knew the work would be so challenging – she even lost weight in the first months of the year. With help from her mentor, offered to her through the bursary, she has eased into her new environment. •

student. Hard work can open doors.” •

Thabang Moroka, from Tom Burke in Lephalale, Limpopo, is a true rocket scientist. He is in his first year of a BSc Physical Sciences degree at the University of Pretoria and dreams of becoming an astrophysicist. Thabang has his whole career mapped out. After completing his degree, he intends to go to the University

Mishack Lekota, from Lephalale in Limpopo, has

of Cape Town to do his Honours and on to Oxford or

a passion for mathematics and escaped a life of

Cambridge to compete his Master’s degree. “I just love

crime to pursue his dream of studying towards a BSc

Physics. I love doing something different,” he says.

Mathematical Sciences and Research at the University of Stellenbosch. Coming from a family viewed negatively

EGP RSA is mindful of the powerful impact these remarkable

by his community, he wanted to be the person to

young people can have as role models. We are proud

change this narrative. Through the second chance he

of these young minds and trust they will inspire future

was given by his school, he has been able to do so.

generations as they go on to great things.


FEATURE

Source: SAnews

SA pursues peace on global stage the centrality of the United Nations Charter and the primacy of the UNSC on issues of international peace and security,” he said. In June, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly elected South Africa to serve in the UNSC for the term 2019−2020 as a non-permanent member. This will be the third time that South Africa will be serving in the Security Council since the dawn of democracy in 1994. “We are humbled and honoured by the confidence the international community has demonstrated in our capability to contribute to the President Cyril Ramaphosa says Sout h Africa is humbled and honoured by t he countr y’s election to t he United Nations Security Council.

S

resolution of global challenges. “We express our unreserved

outh Africa will use its mem-

to ensure a better Africa in a better

gratitude and appreciation to the

bership of the United Nations

world.

Southern African Development

Security Council (UNSC) to

“We are committed to addressing

Community that nominated us and

advance the interests of Africa, par-

the root causes of conflict, includ-

our continental body, the AU, that

ticularly the priorities of the African

ing inequality and underdevelop-

endorsed our candidature,” said

Union (AU) Agenda 2063.

ment, and promoting inclusive

President Ramaphosa in a state-

political dialogue.

ment.

According to President Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa’s tenure

“South Africa remains deeply

International Relations and Coop-

will be guided by the commitment

concerned about the emergence

eration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, who

to resolve regional, global and

of unilateralism and its attendant

was in New York for the election,

international conflicts and promote

threat to the international rules-

said South Africa’s tenure in the

inclusive growth as part of the effort

based system. South Africa reaffirms

UNSC will be dedicated to the leg-

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Public Sector Manager • July 2018


acy of President Nelson Mandela

which culminated in the adoption

will ensure that a gender per-

and his commitment to peace.

of the landmark resolution in 2012

spective is mainstreamed into all

on strengthening cooperation

Security Council resolutions in line

also promote the maintenance of

between these two bodies,” said

with UNSC Resolution 1325 (2000)

international peace and security

the Minister.

on Women, Peace and Security,”

She added that South Africa will

through advocating for the peace-

South Africa’s diplomatic efforts

ful settlement of disputes and

over the past two decades include

inclusive dialogue.

conflict resolution, prevention,

“We will continue to enhance close cooperation between the

mediation, peacekeeping and peace-building.

said the Minister. She added that the ultimate aim is to better the lives of people. “We are guided by the Resolution of the AU to ‘Silence the Guns’ by

UNSC and other regional and sub-

“We believe that peace cannot

2020. Only when we have peace

regional organisations. During our

be achieved without the participa-

and a culture of peace can we

two previous tenures, we advocat-

tion of women in peace negotia-

have sustainable development

ed for closer cooperation between

tions, peacekeeping operations,

and we in Africa need that and

the UN Security Council and the

post-conflict peace-building and

resources most,” the Minister

African Union Security Council,

governance. During our tenure, we

added.

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu says Sout h Africa’s tenure at t he United Nations Security Council will be dedicated to t he legacy of former President Nelson Mandela.

Public Sector Manager • July 2018

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FEATURE

Writer: Dale Hes

Mandela’s new

South Africa When Nelson Mandela took office as South Africa’s first democratic president in 1994, he had the momentous task of completely transforming an entire government. It wasn’t enough that he had been the driving force behind the abolishment of apartheid – an even bigger job now lay ahead of him. His term as president would lay the foundations for the future of the new South Africa.

B

uilding on the ideals of the

many legislative changes needed

from each province) and a Na-

new Constitution – which he

in South Africa. The system of par-

tional Assembly (consisting of 400

helped develop – Mandela

liament was changed to consist

elected members from the ruling

achieved several milestones dur-

of a National Council of Provinces

party and opposition party). It was

ing his presidential term, which set

(comprising 10 representatives

through this institution that many

the country on a path towards true

new landmark bills would be de-

freedom.

bated and passed.

The establishment of parliament One of Mandela’s first actions

The Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP)

was to oversee the develop-

Mandela introduced the RDP as

ment of a new parliament

the most important programme

which would be

in reversing the inequalities of

tasked with

apartheid. After many months of

making the

consultation and six drafts, the programme was adopted in 1994 as a framework for rebuilding and transforming South Africa’s economy. “The success of the RDP is crucial to the survival and development of our newly won democracy. Unless we successfully address the question of economic growth, development and equitable distribution of wealth and income, the prospects for guaranteeing the stability of

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Public Sector Manager • July 2018


our democratic settlement will not

isolation, segregation and inequal-

2006, national government built on

be good,” Mandela explained in

ity, the foundations of the new

the Mandela legacy by extending

a speech to the National Foreign

democratic nation had been well

free primary healthcare services

Trade Council in October 1994.

and truly built.

to all users of public healthcare

Priority areas of the RDP included

facilities.

electricity, land reform, healthcare

Free healthcare and nutrition

special place in his heart, President

and public works programmes.

In his first State of the Nation Ad-

Mandela introduced the Primary

Some remarkable strides were

dress on 24 May 1994, President

School Feeding Scheme as the

made in these areas during and

Mandela made the landmark

Presidential Lead Project of the RDP

just after Mandela’s presidency.

announcement that free public

shortly after taking office.

housing, provision of water and

With children always holding a

Between 1994 and 2000, over

healthcare would be provided to

R472.8 million was budgeted

1.1 million RDP houses had been

pregnant women, breastfeeding

for the programme in 1994, and

built, accommodating five mil-

mothers and children under the

more than four million children

lion of the estimated 12.5 million

age of six. This was the first time any

were reached. Today, the Depart-

people who had been deprived of

form of free healthcare had been

ment of Basic Education’s National

proper housing during apartheid.

provided to South Africans.

School Nutrition Programme plays

Through 236 different projects, 4.9 million people had access to clean, piped water. More than 1.7 million homes were connected to the national electricity grid and the percentage of rural homes with electricity grew from 12 percent to 42 percent. By the end of 1998, 500 new clinics had been built, giving an additional five million people access to primary health-

a crucial role in poverty alleviation,

feeding over eight million learners “Poverty is not an accident. Like slavery in primary and secondary schools on a daily basis. and apartheid, it is man-made and can Social grants be removed by the During the apartheid era, social benefits were heavily favoured toactions of human wards the white minority. President beings” – Nelson Mandela’s administration levelled the playing field, and by 1994 all Mandela, 2005.

care facilities. Land reform made progress too, with 250 000 people

beneficiaries received the same Mandela also oversaw the intro-

grant levels. With a focus on the

receiving land by 1999. Meanwhile,

duction of nationwide vaccination

most disadvantaged members of

employment was given a major

campaigns and hospital revitalisa-

society, the grants ensured a better

boost through the Public Works

tions. Together with the govern-

quality of life for all.

Programme, which employed more

ment’s clinic-building programme,

than 240 000 people in five years,

South Africans had better access

reforming the child welfare system,

through road-building schemes,

to healthcare than ever before. Be-

calling on experts through the

and sewage, sanitation and water

tween 1995 and 1998, the propor-

Lund Committee on Child and

supply projects.

tion of South Africans who reported

Family Support. In 1997, Parliament

travelling 15 minutes or less from

approved a Child Support Grant

a short space of time was unprec-

home to health facilities increased

aimed at the poorest 30 percent

edented in South Africa. Emerg-

from just over a third (36.3 percent)

of families with children under

ing from the ashes of economic

to more than half (54 percent). In

seven years old. Today, the

So much positive progress in such

Public Sector Manager • July 2018

The government focused on

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FEATURE

grant system also covers the

lined in the Bill of Rights) have been

elderly, persons with disability, war

violated.

The Basic Conditions of Employment Act (1997) and the Employ-

Several other important organisa-

ment Equity Act (1998) also laid

tions, including the Public Protector,

the foundations for a workplace

the Gender and Youth Commissions

free from inequality and unfair

tional acclaim over the years. Ac-

and the Truth and Reconciliation

labour practices. The Labour Court

cording to the Brookings Institution,

Commission were also established

and the Labour Appeal Court

a public policy organisation based

under Mandela’s watchful eye. The

acted as superior courts tasked

in Washington DC, social grants

protection of human rights was now

with ruling on any matters arising

have played a vital role in alleviating

firmly at the forefront of South Africa’s

from these acts.

poverty.

democracy.

veterans and foster children, with 17 million people benefitting. The system has received interna-

“While the public discourse on

President Mandela also launched the National Economic

social grants is often critical and

Labour relations

Development and Labour Council

negative, research indicates that

Restrictive employment conditions,

(Nedlac) in 1994. This pioneering

social grants have actually had a

such as pass systems, prohibition

institution brought government,

tremendous and noticeably positive

of strikes and wage ceilings, were a

organised labour, business and

socio-economic impact on poverty

characteristic of the apartheid era.

communities together to discuss

and inequality outcomes in South Africa. Ultimately, social grants stabilised income levels of the poor in the post-apartheid era.”

Human rights protection In addition to improving economic and living conditions, one of President Mandela’s priorities was to

crucial socio-economic and

“To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity” – Nelson Mandela, 1990.

labour policy and legislation. Today, Nedlac is still one of South Africa’s most important vehicles for dialogue, social cohesion and problem-solving. Speaking in Parliament earlier this year, President Cyril Ramaphosa alluded to its importance. “Nedlac follows processes which

establish institutions which protected the rights of citizens, an area which

Enforced in 1995, the Labour Rela-

are cooperative, informative, edu-

had received little attention during

tions Act was the crucial piece of

cative and most effective in reach-

apartheid.

legislation in promoting economic

ing an agreement. If you really

development, social justice, labour

want to reach an agreement on a

Commission (SAHRC) was inau-

peace and democracy in the work-

problem affecting the nation, go to

gurated in October 1995 with the

place.

Nedlac to find solutions. Nedlac is

The South African Human Rights

goal of achieving the Constitutional

The Act had many landmark

able to sit down and resolve prob-

mandate of establishing independ-

provisions. It regulated the rights

lems. That is the magic of Nedlac,”

ent national institutions which would

of trade unions and allowed for

President Ramaphosa said.

ensure that fundamental rights were

the right to strike. It promoted the

afforded to all South Africans. The

establishment of workplace forums

us in the values and morals he

SAHRC is an integral part of South

to involve employees in decision-

embodied. It is also evident in the

Africa’s democracy today, giving

making and provided simple pro-

many policies, programmes and

citizens a place to turn to when they

cedures for the resolution of labour

laws that form the blueprint of our

feel that their human rights (as out-

disputes.

democracy.

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FEATURE

Writer: Allison Cooper

Madiba shapes another life A student fortunate enough to have been selected for the first Mandela Rhodes Foundation (MRF) scholarship and to meet Madiba says that the future belongs to those who prepare for it by empowering themselves with knowledge.

S

truggle icon and former Presi-

said the scholarship is a special

dent Nelson Mandela said:

award.

“Education is the great en-

“Being selected in the inaugu-

gine of personal development. It is

ral cohort will always be a

through education that the daugh-

highlight of my academic

ter of a pheasant can become a

career. It’s more than

doctor, the son of a mineworker can

a monetary award,

become head of the mine and the

it served as affirma-

child of a farm worker can become

tion of our values

the president of a great nation.”

and recognition

Dr Buntu Godongwana, 35, one of eight students to receive an inaugural MRF scholarship in 2005, is evidence of this. “Our progression from humble beginnings in Gugulethu, Cape

of our leadership potential. “It came with the responsibility of setting the tone and

Town, to sharing ideas on international platforms with world leaders in our discipline is living testimony of Madiba’s words,” he said. Godongwana, now a lecturer at the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT),

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Dr Buntu Godongwana was one of eight students to receive an inaugural MRF sc holarship in 2005.

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benchmark for future scholars;

researcher for 12 months, to Mon-

not remember his exact words,

living the principles of leadership,

tana State University in the United

but I nodded approvingly at each

as embodied by patron Mandela;

States.

word from the great man. Madi-

and giving substance and form to

ba’s presence overwhelmed the

his vision of building exceptional

A bright future

leadership capacity in Africa. I was

The MRF scholarship certainly set

truly humbled and honoured to be

the tone for Dr Godongwana’s

dongwana urges South Africans

a part of this great vision,” he said.

bright future.

to reflect on the meaning of

entire hall,” he said. This Mandela Month, Dr Go-

Born in Gugulethu in 1983, Dr

“The leadership training offered

Godongwana matriculated from

by the foundation instilled in us a

Fezeka Secondary School as the

sense of service and duty and a

decline in the quality of political

best academic achiever in 2000.

commitment to ethical leadership.

leadership in South Africa and

He completed his undergraduate

“Our association with Madiba’s

Mandela. “In recent years we have seen a

have seen unethical conduct by

studies in Chemical Engineering in

name has been valuable in

business leaders on a scale un-

2004 and, along with being award-

expanding our personal and pro-

like any other. A country that was

ed the scholarship, was named the

fessional networks, being invited

once thought to be a beaming

Learning Cape Festival Icon by the

to participate in various platforms

light of hope is now threatened by

Western Cape Government in 2005.

and given us the opportunity to

social and economic upheavals.

He completed his Master’s degree

inspire young people to become

(cum laude) at CPUT in 2007 and

agents of change in their com-

united country, uncompromising

registered for a PhD degree in

munities,” he said.

ethical conduct and impudence

Chemical Engineering in 2008.

Dr Godongwana had a beam-

“The spirit of dialogue, vision of a

to challenge the status quo are

ing smile on his face when he met

core traits of Mandela’s being. The

During his doctorate studies, Dr

Mandela at the MRF launch at

challenge is to embrace the spirit

Godongwana was awarded a

the University of Cape Town.

of Madiba and live up his stand-

But his success didn’t stop there.

Fulbright scholarship, as a visiting

Public Sector Manager • July 2018

“It was a brief encounter. I can-

ards,” he said.

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MEETING OF BRICS SCIENCE MINISTERS ADOPTS DURBAN DECLARATION The Sixth Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa

Opening the meeting, the Minister of Science and

(BRICS) Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Ministerial

Technology, Ms Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, said the

Meeting welcomed a proposal to establish a BRICS

theme, “Leveraging science, technology and innovation

vaccine research and development centre. Support for

through inclusive growth and development”, captured

the proposed centre is included in the Durban Declaration,

South Africa’s aim to use its term as BRICS President to

adopted at the meeting held on 3 July.

focus on enhancing BRICS cooperation in the generation

Dr Álvaro Prata, Mikhail Petrakov, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, Dr Harsh Vardhan and Huang Wei, at the Sixth BRICS STI Ministerial Meeting in Durban.


ADVERTORIAL

and application of new knowledge, to improve the

in spite of Brazil’s economic difficulties, the country

quality of life of all BRICS citizens and to advance global

remains committed to participating in all the BRICS STI

sustainable development.

meetings. Vice-Minister Prata said:

South Africa assumed the rotating BRICS Presidency on 1 January 2018 and is hosting several activities around the 10th BRICS Summit, which is taking place later this month. The theme for the Summit is “BRICS in Africa: Cooperation for inclusive growth and shared prosperity in the Fourth Industrial Revolution”.   “The work of the BRICS Working Group on Information and Communication Technologies and High Performance Computing, and its proposals for a flagship partnership to invest in big data technologies for socio-economic benefit, is an excellent example of our BRICS partnership responding to the opportunities and challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” said Minister Kubayi-Ngubane.

“Innovation and entrepreneurship is a way of moving ahead even in the presence of challenges. The transformation of technology in terms of the Fourth Industrial Revolution will benefit all societies. The question now is how we empower them to participate in this revolution.” India’s Minister of Environment, Forestry and Climate

BRICS brings together the five major emerging economies,

Change, Dr Harsh Vardhan, said his country is on a mission

which occupy 26 percent of the world’s territory and make

India has implemented initiatives at all levels of society

up 40 percent of the global population. This is an enormous

to create innovative communities, including at school

consumer market with a constantly growing demand for

level. Young people are exposed to new technologies like

modern goods and services.

robotics and 3D printing, and young innovators are assisted

In the past four years, these countries have accounted for 22 percent of the world’s gross domestic product and 17 percent of world trade share, producing a third of the world’s industrial products and one half of its agricultural goods. Intra-BRICS investment has grown 10 percent. The BRICS countries have also contributed to the robust performance of the G20. South Africa’s BRICS Sherpa, Ambassador Anil Sooklal, who also addressed the event, said the July summit had special significance, as it concluded the first decade of BRICS Summits at the highest diplomatic level. “This year is also important as the BRICS Chairship coincides with the centenaries of Nelson Mandela and Mama Albertina Sisulu,” said the Ambassador.

to create a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship.

with technology incubation. China said BRICS STI cooperation is successful and represents a significant proportion of the world’s knowledge production. “China ranks number one in scientific publications,” said Huang Wei, China’s Vice Minister of Science and Technology.   Russian Ambassador Mikhail Petrakov said that societies cannot move forward without STI and that the BRICS meeting should have concrete and practical results.   The Durban Declaration includes the establishment of a BRICS partnership on the new industrial revolution, and South Africa will explore mobilising STI resources in support of this initiative.

Brazil’s Vice-Minister of Science, Technology, Innovation

For more on the BRICS STI Durban Declaration,

and Communication, Dr Álvaro Prata, said that BRICS

visit www.dst.gov.za

is an important player in global affairs. He said that,

Switchboard: +27 12 843 6300 DST Building (Building No. 53) (CSIR South Gate Entrance) Meiring Naudé Road, Brummeria Private Bag X894, Pretoria


FEATURE

Writer: Nosihle Shelembe

Remembering Albertina Sisulu

O

n 9 May 1994, Albertina Sisulu stood up in Parliament to nominate Nelson

Mandela for election as the first black President of a democratic South Africa. It was an historic moment that ushered a new era for the country and also put Mama Sisulu, as she was affectionately known, in the spotlight for a brief moment. But her role in the struggle for liberation of her country can be traced to decades earlier. Sisulu was one of the leaders of the historic Women’s March to the Union Buildings in Pretoria on 9 August 1956 alongside Lillian Ngoyi, Sophie de Bruyn, Helen Joseph, Rahima Moosa and many others. Although some people may be quick to associate her political struggle with that of her husband Walter Sisulu, the veteran ANC politician who died in 2003, Mama Sisulu was a leader in her own right.

Alber tina Sisulu played an integral role in t he struggle for liberation.

a series of commemorative events.

as a country to their principles by

fighting for the liberation of South

This is also the year that South

building the nation they envisioned

Africans, in the face of detentions,

Africa celebrates the centenary of

when they fought for liberation.

banning orders and harassment.

the life of former President Nelson

She spent almost half a century

As government celebrates the centenary of this iconic woman,

Mandela. Both Mama Sisulu and Madiba

Struggle heroine Like Winnie Madikizela-Mandela,

we take a look at the sacrifices that

dedicated their lives to ensuring a

Mama Sisulu stepped into her role

Mama Sisulu made for the country

better and more united South Afri-

as a mother and became the

to be free from apartheid. The cen-

ca. The 100-year anniversary of the

suffering spouse of the imprisoned

tenary celebrations will run for the

lives of these two remarkable peo-

Walter Sisulu. Like Madikizela-Man-

entire year and will be marked by

ple is an opportunity to recommit

dela, the struggle heroine never

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wavered in her convictions. Her persecution kept the name of her husband alive as he served a life imprisonment sentence at Robben Island.

necessary professionalism, commit-

ings to do laundry and clean the

ment and vigour,” said Ntsiki Sisulu,

house. The grandchildren also

a granddaughter of Mama Sisulu.

had their own chores.

“As a woman, she fought when it

Despite the scrutiny and surveil-

was not fashionable to do so and

lance she faced at the hands of

did it with bravery and a sense of

the apartheid government, Mama

Mama Sisulu was born on 21 Octo-

conviction that all are equal re-

Sisulu often had an influx of peo-

ber 1912 in the Eastern Cape where

gardless of what the law states. She

ple visting her house.

she spent most of her childhood

was an upholder of human rights

and attended school.

at all costs, regardless of one’s col-

jail for her activism. In 1964, she

our or gender,” she added.

was banned for five years which

A qualified nurse and midwife,

In her various public roles, she always sought to bring hope and

Vuyelwa Sisulu, another of Mama

By 1958 she was in and out of

meant that she could not attend

dignity to the people and com-

Sisulu’s granddaughters, said even

gatherings or go near courts and

munities she served, whether as a

though her grandmother faced

educational centres. She was

member of the National Executive

hardships early on in life, these

also sentenced to 10 years under

Committee of the ANC, as a nurse

struggles never hardened her as

house arrest.

who protected those under her

she genuinely cared for people.

Ntsiki recalled how her grand-

care, in civic leadership roles or as

Vuyelwa grew up in Orlando,

mother had watched her own

a staunch supporter of the value of

Soweto, under the care of Mama

son’s wedding from a distance,

education in changing lives.

Sisulu and has nothing but fond

standing at her gate. She was

memories of her.

banned from participating in the

Away from public life she was the matriarch of her family and took up

“She was very strict but at the

simple pleasures of life. Mama Sisulu met Walter in 1941.

the mantel of caring for her siblings.

same time extremely loving, nurtur-

This caring attitude extended to

ing but also stern. When you were

She was the only woman present

children everywhere, and resulted

naughty, you would get reprimand-

when the ANC Youth League was

in her setting up a daycare centre

ed. She was a hugger, a kisser, a

formed in 1944.

to serve the community.

feeder, that’s how she showed us

Mama Sisulu, who was orphaned at the age of 15, took the respon-

love,” she said. Both women talked about the

In addition, Sisulu played a significant role in the formation of the Federation of South African

sibility of looking after her siblings

sense of community in their grand-

Women in 1954 and participated

seriously even though she was the

mother’s home. They woke up to

in the crafting of the Freedom

second eldest.

a breakfast of soft porridge that

Charter in 1955.

would be followed by eggs, boere-

Albertina and Walter had five

A woman of resilience

wors and tomato gravy as well as

children together as well as two

Her resilience was evident in her

buttered bread.

adopted children. She became

teens as she didn’t allow the death

the sole breadwinner of the

Leading by example

family when her husband was

Ntsiki said her grandmother led by

sentenced to life imprisonment

about taking seriously her responsi-

example even in the home and

for planning acts of sabotage in

bilities. She did everything with the

would wake up early in the morn-

June 1964.

of her parents to break her. “Part of her political life was also

Public Sector Manager • July 2018

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FEATURE

Source: SAnews

Play it safe in cyberspace C

ybersecurity experts says

data science for public safety and

South Africans are sharing

cybersecurity awareness recently.

too much personal infor-

The researchers said allowing

She cautioned South Africans to stay away from installing suspicious apps, saying they should only

mation on social media, allowing

apps more access on your phone

download apps from original and

cybercriminals to exploit them for

than required could lead to se-

reputable websites or app stores.

their personal gain.

curity risks and expose personal

Cybersecurity experts from the Council for Scientific and Indus-

information. Some apps require access to your

Think before you click “Don’t overshare. Think before you

trial Research (CSIR) have urged

exact location, revealing details

click. Personal information can be

the public to be mindful of what

such as your address, workplace

used to answer security questions

they post on social media and to

and email account details.

for certain accounts, identity theft,

carefully check the permission lists

Some people post pictures of

direct marketing and by stalkers.

when they download applications

their vehicles with a number plate

Cybercriminals are also targeting

(apps).

clearly visible, making it easier for

kids through games,” said Mashi-

criminals to clone the registration

ane, urging parents to check every

number.

game their children play.

CSIR researchers Dr Vukosi Marivate, Muyowa Mutemwa, Nyalleng Moorosi and Thulani Mashiane

“Be vigilant when you share

Mashiane cited the game called

showcased their research in social

information on social media,” said

Blue Whale, which targets mainly

mining data, network vulnerability,

Mashiane.

vulnerable teenagers by assigning

CSIR cybersecurity researc her Thulani Mashiane, data scientist Nyalleng Moorosi, senior data scientist Dr Vukosi Marivate and senior cybersecurity specialist Muyowa Mutemwa.

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them to do tasks set out, with the final challenge asking the player to commit suicide. “Parents please check what kids are doing on their phones. Many teenagers are killing themselves because of these games. In this game, participants are expected to share photos of the challenges completed by them. This includes cutting themselves, killing animals and eventually killing themselves,” she said.

Watch your money Speaking on network vulnerability, researcher Mutemwa warned South Africans about using public and open networks for banking transactions. “Cybercriminals love public open networks such as internet café networks, coffee shop Wi-Fi and conference Wi-Fi. Use secure networks for banking – no banking or social networking on public Wi-Fi,” he said. South Africans are also looking into crypto-currency investments that promise high returns. “It is important to note quick returns are not a solution because we have seen millions of dollars lost when these schemes collapse,” said Mutemwa. Senior data scientist, Dr Marivate, conducted a study on social media mining safety. He leads a Data Science team at the CSIR. The team develops social media analytics, mapping and geo-location tools. “We are developing a tool to help law enforcement agencies, government and non-profit organisations to understand the trends in crime and public safety,” Marivate said. He added that there are still limitations to using social media data. “We need to understand the limits and biases that can be introduced by relying only on social media data that might represent only a subset of the population or perpetuate discrimination, given past data,” he said.

Public Sector Manager • July 2018

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FEATURE

Writer: More Matshediso

Professor Malegapuru Makgoba is t he countr y’s Healt h Ombud.

Ensuring that South Africans have access to quality healthcare

S

outh Africa has an independ-

healthcare professionals and busi-

formally terminated its contract with

ent body that was established

nesses delivering superior services

Life Esidimeni healthcare centre in

to consider, investigate and fi-

to their members and customers

2016. An estimated 1 371 chronic

nalise complaints regarding its health

in the southern African public and

mentally ill patients were rapidly

system.

private healthcare sectors.

transferred to other hospitals and

The Office of the Health Ombud

Prof Makgoba released a damn-

27 non-governmental organisations

exists to ensure that citizens have

ing report into the circumstances

(NGOs) between 1 April and

access to the kind of healthcare

surrounding the death of mentally

30 June 2016. It was found that over

services they deserve. Heading up

ill patients in Gauteng.

140 of these patients subsequently

the office is Professor Malegapuru

The report was dubbed “No Guns:

Makgoba, who is doing such a ster-

94+ Silent Deaths and Still Count-

ling job that he recently received

ing”.

the Titanium Award for Excellence in

Prof Makgoba released the report

died. The report identified former Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu, Head of Department Dr Tiego Ephraim

Creating Access to Healthcare. He

after being requested by Heath

Selebano and Director Dr Makgabo

was lauded for his handling of the

Minister Aaron Motsoaledi to inves-

Manamela as three key players

Life Esidimeni investigations.

tigate the circumstances surround-

in the Gauteng Mental Health

ing the deaths and advise on the

Marathon Project (GMHMP), under

way forward.

which the patients were moved to

The Titanium Awards were launched in 2014 by the Board of Healthcare Funders of Southern Africa to recognise and celebrate

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The tragedy unfolded when the Gauteng Department of Health

the NGOs. The GMHMP has since been scrapped.

Public Sector Manager • July 2018


The report also recommended

Justice Moseneke said the mara-

and in driving the further trans-

disciplinary proceedings against

thon project was inhumane and

formation of the health system

Dr Selebano and Dr Manamela for

stripped victims of their dignity.

through the National Health Insur-

gross misconduct and/or incom-

“Every element of the marathon

ance.

petence in compliance with the

project trampled on the dignity

Disciplinary Code and Procedures

of the mental healthcare users in

applicable to senior public service

every way. The users were stripped

How to make use of the Health Ombud

managers.

of their dignity in life and death,”

If healthcare users, the media or

said the arbitrator.

members of the public are not

Prof Makgoba said the findings

A total of R1 million is to be paid

satisfied with services provided at

to their respective professional bod-

for constitutional damages for the

any health establishment or facil-

ies for appropriate remedial action

violation of the victims’ human

ity (public or private) providing a

with regard to professional and

rights. In addition, R200 000 is

health service, they are welcome

ethical conduct. He also recom-

to be paid by government –

to lodge a complaint with the Of-

mended corrective disciplinary

R20 000 for funeral expenses

fice of the Health Ombud through

action for the implicated deputy

and R180 000 for the shock and

its complaint management

directors and chief director for fail-

trauma endured by the families.

system.

against the two must be reported

ing to exercise their fiduciary duties

The Health Ombud has con-

Concerned parties can call the

firmed that a total number of 140

office on 080 911 6472 to lodge

mental healthcare users have

complaints. The office will then

angu resigned and Minister Mot-

been verified and qualify for inclu-

deploy its investigators to look into

soaledi took a number of actions

sion in the alternative dispute

the complaint. After investigations,

that were recommended, including

resolution process.

the office will then inform affected

and responsibilities. Following the findings, MEC Mahl-

the appointment of an Ad-hoc

The Health Ombud recently rec-

parties about the findings of the

Independent Tribunal to process

ommended that Minister Motsoal-

all appeals relating to the Health

edi consider leading and conven-

Ombudsman’s report.

ing a multi-representative group to

been informed about the findings,

explore new ways for the renewal

the office will then produce reports

of the healthcare system.

with recommendations. The whole

The minister and Gauteng Premier David Makhura later reached an

investigations. After all affected parties have

“As stated in my Life Esidimeni

processes is done in a fair, eco-

of the families and relatives of the

Report: Our legislative framework

nomic and expeditious manner.

victims of the Life Esidimeni tragedy

requires urgent amendments

to appoint retired Deputy Chief

as it gives concurrent powers to

terms of the National Health

Justice Dikgang Moseneke as the

provinces and municipalities, but

Amendment Act No. 12 of 2013

arbitrator of the dispute resolution

when all fails, only a minister who

and is located within the Office

process.

has limited powers is held alone to

of Health Standards Compliance

account,” said Prof Makgoba.

(OHSC).

agreement with representatives

At the end of the process, Justice Moseneke ordered government to

He said Minister Motsoaledi has

The office was established in

Prof Makgoba was appointed

pay the families of victims R1.2 mil-

worked tirelessly to successfully

as the first Health Ombud in South

lion each by no later than 19 June

implement the recommendations

Africa in June 2016 for a non-re-

2018.

of the National Development Plan

newable term of seven years.

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FEATURE

Writer: More Matshediso

Improving ethical

conduct at municipalities

T

he Gauteng Provincial Gov-

been signed by the institute

Maturity Assessments have been

ernment is intensifying efforts

and each of the nine local

finalised in most municipalities.

to promote ethical conduct

municipalities.

by municipalities, and in so doing, curb corruption. Through the partnership with the

Since the launch of the Gauteng

The remaining two years of the project will involve the review of eth-

Municipal Integrity Project three

ics and anti-corruption strategies

years ago, more than 750 people

and policies, and engaging the

Ethics Institute, the Premier’s Office

have been trained including 40

relevant committee structures that

and the Provincial Department

ethics officers, 18 ethics trainers, 320

will provide oversight of organisa-

of Cooperative Government and

councillors and 350 officials.

tional integrity as required by the

Traditional Affairs (GoGTA), nine local and metropoli-

The Ethics Risk Assessments and Ethics Management

Local Government Anti-Corruption Strategy. Manager for Organisational Eth-

tan municipalities are part of the Gauteng Municipal Integrity Project. The five-year project is funded by the Siemens Integrity Initiative and its purpose is to strengthen the integrity management capacity of municipalities. Through the project, the Ethics Institute aims to build the internal capacity of municipalities to sustainably and independently govern their organisational ethics. Memoranda of understanding have

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Manager for Organisational Et hics at t he Et hics Institute, Kris Dobie, holding t he golden award for Integrity from t he Premier ’s Ser vice Excellence Awards.

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ics at the Ethics Institute, Kris Dobie,

government structures around eth-

said the role of the institute is to

ics. There needs to be a committee

concerted effort to promote an

help improve ethics management

that provides oversight. There needs

ethical culture in organisations, and

practices at municipalities and

to be someone to manage ethics,”

councils need to have oversight

combat corruption.

Dobie said.

committees to ask the right ques-

Dobie said there needs to be a

tions.

Developing capacity

Building relationships

Through the training that it provides,

He said the institute is proud of the

an awareness amongst council-

the institute wants to develop ca-

relationships that it has built with

lors about the impact that political

pacity in municipalities by empow-

municipalities, with specific ethics

instability has – councillors are not

ering councillors, ethics officers and

champions and officers in munici-

necessarily the driving force behind

champions by mentoring them in

palities.

the instability but they are some-

terms of instilling ethical values so

According to Dobie, officials and

that they can continue doing the

the leadership in municipalities are

work independently after the part-

committed to the project and peo-

nership has ended.

ple are taking up the challenge.

“Substantively, there needs to be

times part of the process,” he said.

Sustainability of the project Ultimately, the institute wants to en-

“We are also engaging with ethics committees and ethics champi-

sure the sustainability of the Gaut-

ons, to which we invite municipal

eng Municipal Integrity Project and

managers and chairpersons of

ensure that government structures

oversight committees to have the

that specifically engage with ethics

leadership conversation around

management and anti-corruption

ethics management. We are train-

are in place.

ing ethics trainers in municipalities

“It is not equal at all municipali-

“There is quite a lot in place

so that they can go and train their

ties, there are municipalities that

already in certain municipalities.

staff members,” said Dobie.

have more capacity and dedicat-

Some of the municipalities are do-

ed people who work than others,

ing really well in terms of anti-cor-

conduct an ethics risk assessment

and some municipalities have had

ruption and ethics management

and a maturity assessment, to

some political turmoil which does

infrastructure but we are helping

check if their ethics management

impact on the project. Political

them to finetune it and probably

and anti-corruption systems are in

stability is very important for the

take a more proactive approach

place, and to develop strategies

project to work,” he said.

than a reactive approach,” he

“We are also helping them to

and relevant policies for them,” he added.

The council oversight of the ethics management project is the one

added. Dobie said the Gauteng Provincial

He said a strong focus is on the

area that still needs improvement,

Government was supportive of the

internalisation of ethics rather than

he said, adding that there needs

project and the institute was happy

just the rules because he believes

to be a council committee that

to have partnered with Gauteng,

in a values-based approach rather

engages with the proactive side of

which is one of the provinces that

than rules-based approach.

ethics management in municipali-

has the most matured integrity

ties.

management focus.

“We want to help them set up

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FEATURE

“We want to help them set up government structures around ethics. There needs to be a committee that provides oversight. There needs to be someone to manage ethics.”

would wait for an incident to happen then react to that, but now we engage regularly with councillors and officials on how to best protect assets of the municipality and to deal with issues of promoting integrity and respecting clients,” said Segakweng-Diale.

“They have a very strong integrity

the municipality did not have the

management system which has a

capacity to execute training and

A winning project

unit in the Office of the Premier. We

campaigns on promoting ethics

The Gauteng Municipal Integrity

have quarterly meetings with the

management.

Project won the gold award in the

Office of the Premier and provincial

“The institute came in with a

Integrity Category of the Premier’s Service Excellence Awards this year.

CoGTA to bring them up to speed

budget and capacity to do the

on the work that has been done

training and campaigns,” said

and they assist us where there are

Segakweng-Diale, who is also the

palities have put in a lot of hard

blockages. Through our constant

ethics champion and officer.

work, it is not just the Ethics Institute.

engagements they also identify their needs,” he said. Chief Risk Officer at Merafong Local Municipality Evelyn Segakweng-Diale said the partnership

She said that the information

“A lot of people from the munici-

It is important to note that the

shared by the Ethics Institute has

award is for the project and not for

helped to improve the municipal-

the Ethics Institute. It is for all the

ity’s work.

role players. We have just started

“When it comes to fighting cor-

the fourth year of the project. It is

with the Ethics Institute has a

ruption, we were more reactive

coming to an end and we have

positive impact because initially

than proactive in the past. We

made good progress,” he said. Municipalities that are part of the Gauteng Municipal Integrity Project are: ■City of Tshwane ■City of Johannesburg ■City of Ekurhuleni ■Rand West City Local Municipality ■Lesedi Local Municipality ■Merafong Local Municipality ■Mogale City Local Municipality ■Emfuleni Local Municipality ■Midvaal Local Municipality.

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APPOINTMENTS Compiled by: Jauhara Khan

Nozipho Mdawe Chief Operating Officer, Transnet National Ports Authority

and creating efficient practices in

Transnet National Ports Authority

Mining and Chrome between 2012

has appointed Nozipho Mdawe

and June 2015. She most recently

as its new Chief Operating Officer

served as Secretary General of

(COO).

the Port Management Association

Mdawe holds a Master’s degree

for Eastern and Southern Africa in

in Business Administration from

Kenya between July 2015 and

the industry. Mdawe was promoted and served as General Manager: Mineral

the Gordon Institute of Business

April 2018.

Science and is currently studying

Business Unit Executive. She then

Her new role as COO will include

towards a Doctoral degree at the

moved to Transnet Freight Rail as

overseeing several areas, such as

Jomo Kenyatta University in Kenya.

Area Production Manager for the

marine services, aviation services

She began her career at the

Gauteng Cluster’s production and

and pilotage, port planning,

Transnet Corporate Office in

operations activities and later

lighthouses, security, emergency

2001 and moved to Transnet

became Deputy General Manager

management, infrastructure,

Port Terminals in 2004, where

for Inland Operations. She has won

dredging services, ship repair, port

she served for three years as the

several awards for her leadership

control and port maintenance.

Goodman Ntandazo Vimba Chief Executive Officer, Municipal Infrastructure Support Agent

He joined MISA at its inception

The Municipal Infrastructure Sup-

Prior to joining MISA, Vimba was the

port Agent (MISA) has appointed

provincial Head of the Technical

Goodman Ntandazo Vimba as its

Support Unit in the Eastern Cape

new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

under the national Department

in 2012 as the Chief Director for Legal and Contract Management Services, where he successfully established a legal services unit.

MISA is an agency within the Min-

of Cooperative Governance and

istry of Cooperative Governance

from the University of Pretoria. He

Traditional Affairs.

and Traditional Affairs which pro-

also completed an Executive Lead-

As CEO, Vimba is responsible for

vides technical support and builds

ership Development Programme

the deployment of District Techni-

capacity in local government for

through the North-West University

cal Support Teams to 55 of the 87

municipal infrastructure and basic

and a Postgraduate Diploma in

priority distressed municipalities to

service delivery. Vimba has acted in

Drafting and Interpretation of Con-

provide support, which will ensure

the CEO position since 2016. Prior to

tracts at the University of Johannes-

that municipalities spend their infra-

this, he was the Head of Technical

burg, among other postgraduate

structure grants. He will also ensure

Support within MISA.

qualifications. He obtained a BProc

that municipalities are supported

Vimba is an admitted attorney with

degree at the University of Transkei

by 150 young graduates from

a Master's of Law in Mercantile Law

in 2000.

MISA.

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NICE-TO-HAVES

Celebrate the legacy

I

Writer: Gilda Narsimdas

1

t’s hard not to be inspired by the

ries and collectibles, there are lots

life of former President Nelson

of products that bear Madiba’s

Mandela, so why not support

name or semblance, and a por-

and celebrate his centenary with

tion of the funds raised through the

these Mandela-themed products.

sale of some products go towards

From wines and teas to accesso-

a worthy cause.

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5 3

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1. Spoil yourself or a loved one with one of these Nelson Mandela 95th

Native Décor, zando.co.za, R299.

Africa from rooibos to buchu and

4. While this cookbook may not carry

honeybush. They are available at

Remembrance Medallions, House of

Mandela’s name or image, The

various stores including Wellness

Mandela, from R4 000.

Great South African Cookbook was

Warehouse, R100 for a reusable tin

2. Indulge in these House of Mandela

released in 2016 in conjunction with

of 20s.

wines. Try either the Thembu Col-

the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

lection 2017 Chardonnay or Thembu

The royalties from the sales go to-

Mandela Beaded Bracelets go

Collection 2016 Merlot, available at

wards the developing and support-

towards the Nelson Mandela

most liquor stores including Nor-

ing community food and agricultural

School Library Project. Buy them in

man Goodfellows and Ultra Liquors,

projects, YuppieChef.co.za, R495.

packs of 10 for R495 or individually

from R100. 3. There’s everything to love about this four-piece Mandela coaster set by

5. Enriched with antioxidants,

6. The sale of the special 100 Years

from selected stores such as Toy

Mandela Tea carries a range of

Kingdom and Cape Union Mart for

organic teas indigenous to South

R49.95.

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GROOMING AND STYLE

Writer: Nicholas Francis

Work T

it out!

here is no better time to take charge of all that comfort

1

eating by hitting the gym. They do say summer bodies are made in winter. So we have selected some active wear that

is stylish and durable for your workout. From the perfect gym bag to comfortable trainers, we will get you in the gym looking and feeling great.

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1. Woolworths Longline Eyelet Hoodie R499. 2. Nike Leggings Black R549. 3. New Balance Track Club Tee Navy R349. 4. Puma Leadcat Slides White R499. 5. Nike Flex Experience Running Shoes Mid Pink R999. 6. Converse Printed Backpack Navy R350.

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3

5

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1. Nike NP Tight 3qt Black R449. 2. Asics Esnt Top Hex Grey Melange R299. 3. Nike Zoom Train Incredibly Fast Trainers Black and Blue R1399. 4. Asics Core Holdall Duffle Bag Black R649. 5. Puma Men’s Rebel Grey Melange Hoodie R849.

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FINANCIAL FITNESS

Writer: Lusanda Myoli

Help is at hand for

pension-related disputes

T

he Office of the Pension Funds

fits, dissatisfaction with the manner

so that when they pass away, the

Adjudicator (OPFA) is the

a death benefit has been divided

family knows where to enquire

South African pension, provi-

among the beneficiaries, dissatis-

about and claim their family mem-

dent and retirement annuity funds’

faction with the mode of payment

ber’s pension fund,” she added.

contributions and benefits watch-

of a death benefit for minor chil-

dog. In a bid to heighten awareness

dren and the exclusion/inclusion

must receive a benefit statement

about the services of the OPFA, we

of one or more beneficiaries in the

annually indicating contributions

take closer look at its role.

allocation of the death benefits.

paid, the kinds of benefits that

According to the Pension

Every pension fund member

The OPFA also deals with com-

they are entitled to and the value

Funds Adjudicator, Muvhango

plaints related to declined disabil-

of such benefits as at the benefit

Lukhaimane, the role of the OPFA

ity benefits or not being provided

statement date, contact details of

is to resolve retirement fund-related

with information, such as benefit

the fund and any other relevant

disputes regarding pension, provi-

statements.

information.

dent and retirement annuity funds

“There is also quite a large num-

Members are also encouraged

registered in terms of the Pension

ber of complaints where we dis-

to complete beneficiary nomina-

Funds Act (No. 24 of 1956).

cover that the employer was not

tion forms indicating their wishes in

paying over contributions to the

terms of benefits allocation. This in-

these funds experiences challeng-

fund, even in instances where de-

formation helps as a starting point

es, they may approach the OPFA

ductions have been made from a

when the fund commences its

for assistance,” she said.

member’s salary and the employer

beneficiary investigation. However,

“In the event that a member of

Common complaints handled

is supposed to pay contributions in

boards of funds are not bound by

by the OPFA relate to withdrawal

terms of an employment contract,”

the nomination form or will that a

benefits and may cover non-pay-

said Lukhaimane.

member completes.

ment of retirement fund benefits or

It is important to also note that

dissatisfaction with the amounts

Know your rights

“a pension benefit does not form

paid out.

“All retirement fund members have

part of the member’s estate, which

Challenges relating to

a levy deducted from their monthly

means it cannot be distributed

death benefits may also

contributions which is used to fund

in terms of a will or a matrimonial

be referred to the OPFA

the services offered by the OPFA,”

regime”, said Lukhaimane.

for investigation. These may be a

“There is large amount of money

delay in

that is unclaimed in pension funds

the pay-

and its rightful owners need to

ment of

be traced. People need to share

death

information on their pension ben-

bene-

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explained Lukhaimane.

efits with members of their families

For more information or to lodge a complaint, contact the OPFA on 012 748 4000/4008, email: enquiries@pfa.org.za or go to www.pfa.org.za

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Writer: Gilda Narsimdas

FOOD AND WINE FEATURE

Comfort for the cold

T

he best part of winter is spend-

with flour. Over medium heat, melt

500g Mushrooms

ing time indoors, curled up on

butter in a pot and add the meat.

500g Pasta of your choice

the couch with a good book

Cook for 10 minutes until the beef

Oil

or a movie. It’s even better accom-

is browned on all sides. Add water

Knob of butter

panied with some delicious comfort

slowly and stir. Sprinkle with thyme,

food. We have some ideas that will

salt and pepper, stir well and bring

Method

take your “me time” to another tasty

to boil. Reduce the heat to low and

Before you start cooking, boil a ket-

level.

simmer for one hour. Add in the

tle of water for the pasta.

remaining vegetables and simmer

Preheat the stove for pasta and the

Beef Stew

for one hour, stirring occasionally

pan for the chicken.

Ingredients

until everything is cooked through

Place chicken in a bowl and

3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour

and tender. Serve with rice or

season with Cajun/chicken spice,

1Kg beef stew meat, (fat removed)

bread of your choice.

mixed herbs and a pinch of salt and pepper. Once the water has

½ Stick butter 2 Cups water

Chicken and Mushroom Pasta

boiled, add it to the pot, followed

1 Teaspoon dried thyme

Ingredients

by the pasta of your choice and

2 Teaspoons salt

2 Chicken breasts (diced or

season with some salt. Leave to

1 Teaspoon black pepper

stripped)

boil.

6 Potatoes, peeled and quartered

½ Yellow onion, thinly sliced

Add the knob of butter to the

6 Carrots, cut into large chunks

Salt and freshly ground pepper

preheated pan, once melted add

3 Onions, quartered

Cajun spice or chicken spice

the sliced onion and sauté until

Mixed herbs

tender. Add the crushed garlic and

Method

2 Tablespoons crushed garlic

let it simmer for a while. Add the

Place meat in a bowl and coat

500ml Fresh cream

chicken, constantly stir and let it

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brown. Break the mushrooms into the pan; they do not have to be perfect pieces because the mushrooms will give the dish a different texture. Once it starts simmering, add in the fresh cream and stir. Reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for a few minutes. Strain the pasta in a colander, gently drizzle some oil over it and toss. Once you are satisfied with the thickness of the sauce in the

2 Teaspoon baking soda

Method

pan, remove from the stove, add

½ Cup hot milk

Cake

pasta to the pan and mix. Serve

½ Cup of oil

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees.

and enjoy.

4 Eggs (separated)

Sift flour, cocoa, baking powder and

2 Teaspoons vanilla essence

bicarbonate of soda into a bowl. In

Pinch of salt

a separate bowl, mix sugar, vanilla

Chocolate Cake Ingredients

essence and egg yolks. In another

Cake

Icing

bowl, whisk the egg whites until they

2 Cups flour

⅓ Cup butter

form stiff white peaks. Add the water,

¾ Cup cocoa

⅔ Cup cocoa

milk and oil to the sugar and egg

2 Cups sugar

2 ⅔ Cups powdered sugar

mixture, mix well. Once completed,

1 ½ Teaspoons bicarbonate of

⅓ Cup milk

add to the dry ingredients and mix.

soda

1 Teaspoon vanilla

Lastly, fold in egg white to the batter. Bake for 35 minutes. Icing Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat, add cocoa and stir until the mixture is smooth and thick. Pour mixture into a bowl and let cool. Add the icing sugar, vanilla essence and milk. Whisk or use an electric mixer to mix to the desired consistency. Once the cake has cooled down, spread the icing over the cake an and decorate as desired.

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BOOK REVIEW

Compiled by: More Matshediso

I Remember Nelson Mandela: A collection of memories of a great man by Vimla Naidoo and Sahm Venter

I

Remember Nelson Mandela is

The collection is the dream-child

South Africa and around the world

a collection of remembrances

of Mrs Graça Machel who, some

knew him as an icon and a public

from those who worked with,

months after Nelson Mandela’s

figure.

for and beside South Africa’s first

passing on 5 December 2013, met

democratic President Nelson Man-

with former members of his staff to

stories of those close to him be

dela.

thank them for their service.

published so that 50 years from

More than 100 individuals, from

Listening to their stories inspired

“It was important to me that the

now, even 100 years from now,

household staff to bodyguards

the creation of the book, provid-

when future generations want to

and presidential advisors, have

ing readers with a glimpse into the

know who Nelson Mandela was,

offered their memories, which

man behind the title.

they would not only be told the

provide warm, poignant and often

Tata Madiba's widow Graça

humorous insights into what it was

Machel said the idea to gather

would be able to read the story

like behind the scenes with one

the memories of those who served

of a human being with a caring

of the most revered and beloved

Madiba into a book came from an

heart and generous soul,” Machel

political figures the world has seen.

understanding that most people in

said.

story of the head of state, but they

“Nothing is more important than to be loved by your colleagues,” Mandela said on 5 August 2008 when he addressed the staff of the Nelson Mandela Foundation at a private celebration for his 90th birthday.

ABOUT THE EDITORS Sahm Venter is the senior researcher at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg where she has worked since 2006. She previously reported on the last years of the struggle against apartheid for South African and the international media. As a correspondent for the international news agency, Associated Press, she covered the release from prison of Nelson Mandela and his presidency, as well as various news events on the African continent. In 2013, she and Swati Dlamini-Mandela co-edited Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s book 491 Days: Prisoner Number 1323/69. Vimla Naidoo was a protocol officer in the Office of President Nelson Mandela where she helped to set up events, including receiving ceremonies for visiting heads of state and the opening of Parliament. She worked with President Mandela’s Advisory Council for National Orders to design a new set of state honours. She remained in Protocol throughout President Mandela’s term of office and for the first half of President Mbeki’s term. In 2001, she moved to the Nelson Mandela Foundation as a personal assistant to Nelson Mandela and Mrs Graça Machel, to whom she provided personal support and logistics.

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TRAVEL FEATURE

Writer: Jill Sheppard

The fossils and fairies

of the Cape West Coast T he Western Cape’s West Coast

uncovered a large fossil bed, and

remains of both young and old

region is synonymous with

once the mining lease expired in

animals suggests that they did not

beaches covered in white

the 1990s, the palaeontologists

die of natural causes but possibly

sand, quaint fishing towns and a

moved in. They have spent years

rather an event like a flood. Among

freezing cold, turquoise ocean. Well-

painstakingly uncovering and

the animals that have been dis-

known towns like Langebaan and

piecing together bones from the

covered from this site are strange

Paternoster offer weekend breaks for

early ancestors of today’s animals.

creatures like the sivathere (the

visitors from Cape Town looking to

Today, visitors can view this active

early ancestor of today’s giraffe)

escape the hustle and bustle of the

dig site, one of the most diverse of

and remains of an African bear.

city and are also popular seaside

its period in the world, and view

holiday destinations for tourists.

fossils that have been carefully

ologists much about the kind of

excavated but left in situ for guests

climate and animals that were

to observe.

once common in the area, and

While the main attractions may be enjoying fish straight out of the ocean and long beach walks

The fossil bed uncovered at

along a relatively deserted coast-

Langebaanweg has been dated

line, the West Coast has plenty of

to approximately 5.2 mil-

other attractions that are perfect

lion years (Mio-Pliocene

for visitors looking for something a

era), which places the

little different in the area.

species discovered here

This site has taught archae-

how this has changed to what we know about the West Coast today.

as occurring long after

Fossils…

the dinosaurs and just

For starters, why not piece together

before the appearance

a sivathere at the Langebaan-

of modern animals. It

weg fossil site at the West Coast

is also indicative of a

Fossil Park? Mining operations

catastrophic event. The

that began in 1943 unexpectedly

presence of fossilised

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For example, in the Mio-Pliocene

ing out between the leaves. If you

environment of Jacobs Bay rest

era, the arid West Coast enjoyed a

listen closely you may even hear

and refresh you.

far more tropical climate. It would

the notes of a song or whispered

not have been uncommon to find

voices.

Whatever your preference, the Cape West Coast is a delightful

The fairy garden has been a

escape from Cape Town's city buzz.

the strandveld fynbos you would

three-year labour of love by Pixie

Visit the area with friends, bring the

see today! Sea levels were also far

Maritz and local artists Clifford Noi,

kids or that someone special and

higher than they are today and

Trish Lazenby and Marcel Maximil-

let the peace and timelessness of

the beach would have been much

ian. This intricately constructed

West Coast living refresh you.

further inland.

walk-through garden transports

palm trees growing in place of

In addition to an education

visitors to another world. It is a

centre, daily guided tours of the

peaceful, wonderful place to

Visiting the West Coast Fossil Park

dig site are run and special pre-

visit. With a tea garden braai and

The West Coast Fossil Park is

booked activities include a mock

overnight facilities at Jacobs Bay

open during weekdays and on

dig and a chance to make your

Backpackers, this is a unique and

weekends, with multiple guided

own fossil.

enchanting stop on your West

tours of the dig site run daily.

Coast itinerary.

The park is closed on Christmas

… and fairies

The small town of Jacobs Bay

Day, New Year’s Day and Good

Visitors to the small coastal town of

itself offers beautiful bays and

Friday. Visitors are encouraged

Jacobs Bay need to tread quietly,

rocky outcrops as well as a large

to phone ahead to confirm tour

because there are fairies at play

sheltered bay that acts as a natu-

times for the day of their visit.

here. An enchanted, magical

ral harbour. Barely a few minutes’

West Coast Fossil Park

world awaits young and old at the

drive from Saldanha Bay, it offers

+27 (0)22 766 1606

Jacobs Bay Backpackers, where

visitors a West Coast escape that is

www.fossilpark.org.za

a beautiful Pixie and Fairy Village

off the beaten track and far more

has been constructed. Take your

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CAR REVIEWS FEATURE

Writer: Ashref Ismail

Ten tips to save fuel F

uel prices have seen three

consumption decrease, giving

a quality gauge and check the

increases in the past few

more kilometres to the litre.

pressure yourself, at least weekly

months and has reached a

1. Skimping on regular services

and while the tyres are cold.

new record price of R15.79 a litre

is false economy: A car that is

Tyres lose pressure as a norm,

on the Highveld. With the sluggish

not serviced according to the

leading to under-inflation which

economy, high interest rates and

manufacturer’s specifications

increases the rolling resistance

VAT now at 15 percent, all indica-

is going to be sluggish and will

and causes an increase in

tions are that inflation will continue

use unnecessary fuel. A well-

fuel consumption because the

its upward spiral, meaning all South

serviced car runs efficiently and

engine has to work harder.

Africans, rich and poor, are going to

will lower running costs, so don’t

feel the pinch.

skip or skimp on the regular

metal: First-gear acceleration

service interval.

uses the most fuel and doing

So, what can the ordinary, cashstrapped motorist do to alleviate

2. Get down on your knees and…

3. Remove the pedal from the

so harshly means you’re burn-

the mild stroke experienced each

check your tyre pressure

ing unnecessary fuel that is

time he pulls into the garage fore-

regularly: ‘Regularly’ means

costly and also overworks the

court?

at least each time you refuel.

engine. Imagine there is an egg

Don’t just rely on the garage’s

between your right foot and the

or a gargantuan SUV, follow these

tyre pressure gauges which are

accelerator pedal. Accelerate

10 tips and you will definitely see

almost always inaccurate. Buy

harshly and the egg will break,

Whether you drive an econobox

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Public Sector Manager • July 2018


do so gently and save fuel. Drop

Of course, personal safety and

sories carefully. If you had to tick

your overall average speed by

security have to be considered.

every box on a typical German

10–15km/h and measure the

7. Downsizing is cool: Today, you

sedan’s option’s list, you could

difference. You will be surprised

can get a fuel-efficient deriva-

easily add up to 30 percent on

at the results that could easily

tive in every motor car range.

a vehicle’s sticker price. Many of

yield more than just extra kilo-

Choose carefully and weigh up

these options do not increase

metres to the litre. You will also

the total cost of ownership, rath-

the vehicle’s resale value

reduce stress on the mechani-

er than just litres per kilometre

anyhow. Most spoilers, so-called

cal components and lower your

costs. Diesel may be cheaper

skirtings, rocker panels and front

own stress levels.

than petrol per kilometre, but is

aprons on your ‘Kalahari Ferrari’

the high initial purchase price

are nothing more than cosmet-

the load, the more fuel your ve-

worth the potential savings?

ic items that you definitely can

hicle will use. Remove unneces-

Will you be covering long

do without. On macho dou-

sary, heavy items from the boot

distances that will justify and

ble cabs and SUVs, otherwise

and if you are driving around

off-set the higher purchase and

known as ‘Sandton Tractors’, the

with a roof rack that is only used

maintenance costs of a diesel?

main culprits are roll bars, bull

twice a year, it is advisable that

Consider service intervals, cost

bars, side steps, roof-mounted

you remove it, as it affects the

of repairs, spares, deprecia-

spotlights, massive wheels

aerodynamics of a vehicle.

tion and insurance costs, all

and high-lift suspension kits…

of which determine the resale

I could go on and on! Don’t

value of a car.

be shocked if I tell you some of

4. Check your loads: The heavier

5. Is that trip really necessary? Plan your trips carefully. Can you perhaps combine fetching

8. Hang with the trucks: Many

these guys rarely see more than

the kids up from school with a

car owners waste fuel acceler-

visit to the greengrocer? What

ating then slowing down again

about lift clubs? If you can

in heavy traffic. Stick behind a

who suffer from sinus! At speeds

sacrifice some personal free-

truck because with their gen-

lower than 80km/h, lowering

dom and put up with different

eral slow speeds, they seem

the windows will save fuel and

personalities, you could almost

to chug along at a happy,

provide fresh air that is healthier

halve your travelling costs. Also,

constant speed, allowing you

than any aircon. Also, do you

plan your trips to avoid traffic

to save fuel behind them in

really need a sunroof? You may

snarl-ups and getting lost, all of

the process. By maintaining a

find it hard to agree, but this

which waste fuel, money and

safe following distance, you will

R10 000 hole in the roof will just

benefit from their aerodynamics.

burn an unnecessary hole in

time. 6. Ditch the car: Take a walk, ride

9. Reduce the bling: Low-profile,

a bike or get a scooter. Imagine

wide tyres and special rims may

the fuel saved if you rode a

look good, but will increase the

motorcycle instead of driving a

rolling resistance, leading to

car to mosque five times a day?

extra fuel costs. When purchas-

Taking a walk or riding a bike is

ing a new car, go easy on the

also a much healthier option.

options list and select acces-

Public Sector Manager • July 2018

5–6km/litre! 10. Fresh air beats aircon: Ask folk

your wallet.

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